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Today in New York Weather History: October 7

 

1944

Today's high soared to a record 88°, breaking the previous record set the previous year (83°).  This reading was seventeen degrees warmer than yesterday's high and was the first reading in the 80s in three weeks. 

 

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1965

Today's rainfall of 1.15", which fell during the evening, was the third, and last, day this year to receive an inch or more of precipitation - the fewest such days on record (a record that still stands).  A typical year has twelve such days.

1972

4.09" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  Most of it fell between 2-11 AM.  (An even greater rainfall would occur a month from now.)

1973

With a high of 69°, today was the only day between Sept. 26 and Oct. 10 not to have a high of 70° or warmer.  The average high during these 15 days was 75°, seven degrees above average.

1984

Today was the sixth day of the past nine to have a high of 66°, slightly cooler than the seasonal average.  Three of these days were consecutive (Oct. 3-5).

 

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1995

Today's high tumbled to a brisk 62° after yesterday's summer-like 86°.

1999

This morning's low of 39°, a record for the date, was the earliest reading in the chilly 30s in 25 years.

2005

This morning's low of 70° set a record for the latest date for a low in the 70s, breaking the previous record from 1910 (this year's record would be broken in 2017, and that year's record was broken the following year).  This was also the year's sixtieth 70°+ low, the second most on record, one less than in 1906.  (The average number, based on 1970-2004, was 34 days.)  Despite the day's mild low, the temperature rose only six degrees due to overcast skies. 

 

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 2013

A cold front produced showers during the afternoon (0.25" fell), ending a two-week dry spell.

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Today in New York Weather History: August 11

 

1896

Today was the third day in a row with a low temperature in the 80s, the first time for this occurrence.  There have been four other streaks of this length since then: one in 1906, two in 1908 and one in 2013. 

1925

Low temperatures from Aug. 7 thru today: 65°-66°-67°-68°-69° (today)

1949

Today's high of 99° was the third this summer (the others occurred on on 7/3 and 7/29), and is the most of any year.  The year also had one day with a high of 98° and two in the triple digits, making this the first year to have six days with highs of 98° or hotter (there have since been four other years with six or more such days, including two years, 1955 and 1953, with eight and seven, respectively).

1955

The first bands of heavy rain from Hurricane Connie, which made landfall today in North Carolina, moved into the New York metro area after 10 PM, with nearly half an inch of rain falling between 10-11 PM.  Rain would fall for 39 hours, until the morning of 8/13, amounting to more than seven inches in total.

 

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1977

Today's high was 93°, the sixth day of the last seven to have highs in the 90s.  This was less than a month after a searing nine-day heat wave.

1980

During a nighttime thunderstorm, 0.45" of rain fell in an hour (11-midnight), nearly half of the month's total (1.16").  Earlier in the day the high reached 93°. 

1990

This was the end of a six-day, monsoon-like rainy spell in which 9.85" fell.  Today, 0.79" fell between 8-9 PM.  Four of the past six days saw more than an inch of rain.  In total, 1.50" fell today; last year on this date 1.90" was measured.

 

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2003

Rain fell for the twelfth consecutive day, the longest rainy streak on record.  5.57" of rain fell during this span, but just 0.01" today and 0.02" yesterday.

2004

0.59" of rain poured down between 3-4 PM and was more rain than what fell in the past two weeks.

2005

Today's high was 97°, the first day of a four-day heat wave.  This followed another four-day heat wave the previous week (Aug. 2-5).

2008

0.83" of rain thundered down in fifteen minutes between 10:45-11 AM.  In total 1.18" was measured by the time the rain ended a little before 3 PM.  (The next time rain fell on this date, in 2015, 1.17" of rain fell.)

2010

Today was the 27th day of the past twenty-eight with a high of 85° or warmer (the only day below 85° was Aug. 1, which had a high of 80°).  Fifteen of the days during this four-week period had highs in the 90s - including today's 93°.

 

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2016

The air was thick with humidity, and for the second day in a row the dew point peaked at a very oppressive 77° (today's came during the evening, yesterday's was during mid-afternoon).  Combined with today's high of 91°, the heat index reached 102°.  Additionally, today's dew point was 74° or warmer for 12 consecutive hours, from 8 AM until 8 PM.

2018

A record amount of rain fell today (2.90"), with most of it pouring down between daybreak and 10 AM.  This amount brought total rainfall since July 12 to 12.36", nearly eight inches above average for the period. 

 

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Looking Back at New York's Weather: August 10

 

1912

This was the eleventh day in a row in which the high was in the 70s (average high during this time of the month is around 83°).  This came about three weeks after a streak of eleven days in a row with lows in the 70s (July 8-18). 

1944

With a high of 97°, today was the first day of an eight-day "super" heat wave (highs of 95° or hotter).  Highs during this streak were 97°-102°-97°-96°-95°-95°-96°-95°.  This is the longest such heat wave on record.

1962

Just two days after a high of 90°, this afternoon's temperatures were in only the upper 50s as winds were from the northeast and skies were overcast.  The high of 60°, which occurred just after midnight, was the chilliest high in August since 1911, when the high on 8/31 was 59° (later tied in August 2007).

1979

Today's high was 95°, tying July 13 as the hottest reading of the year.  In the past 30 days, temperatures were about four degrees above average, with all but two warmer than average.  Twenty-three days had highs of 87° or hotter, thirteen were 90+.    

1981

Today's high of 92° was the last 90-degree day of the year.  Despite the early date for this occurrence (the last 90-degree temperature occurs, on average, at the beginning of September), the total number of 90-degree days this year, sixteen, was just two days fewer than average. 

1987

0.40" of rain fell in half-an-hour in the wee hours of the morning (1:43-2:13 AM).

1990 

4.64" of rain fell today, at the time the rainiest day in all the years I'd been living in NYC (since 1979).  1.22" fell in 30 minutes between 7:46-8:16 PM (and I had to go out in it because I had 8:00 dinner reservations); 2.82" fell in two hours between 7:18-9:18 PM.  There have since been four greater daily amounts (most recently on April 30, 2014, when 4.97" poured down).  

 

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2001

Today's high of 97° degrees was a "cool-down" from yesterday's searing 103°.  High temperatures during the past four days were: 99°-99°-103°-97°.  Today's was also the last 90-degree reading of the summer, about three weeks earlier than the typical date; the 15 days of high temperatures in the 90s/100s were three fewer than average. 

2006

A severe thunderstorm in the evening dumped 2.46" of rain between 7:11-8:11 PM, the greatest amount to fall in one hour in the years between 1950-2020, topping the 2.09" that fell in an hour on July 17, 1995.  Besides the torrential rain, winds gusted close to 40 mph during this storm. 

2009

Today's high of 91° was the first 90-degree reading since April 28 (four more would follow next week). 

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: August 8

 

1875

This was the fifth day in a row with very similar highs/lows: 82°/68° (8/4); 82°/69°; 82°/67°; 82°/70°; and 81°/71° (8/8).

1927

Strong thunderstorms from 1 PM until sunrise tomorrow morning produced 3.36" of rain.  0.31" fell from a storm from 2-3 PM, 0.47" from 5-6 PM, 1.34" from 8-10 PM and 0.97" from midnight-2 AM.  Also, today's low of 69° would be the mildest reading of the month, making this the second, and last, August to have no lows of 70° or warmer (the other August was in 1920).

1938

Three beach goers were killed by a lightning strike at Brooklyn's Riis Park, a year and one day after three were killed by lightning at the same beach.  A severe thunderstorm moved through the City between 6-8 PM, dumping 1.43" in Central Park.

 

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1973

This was the fifth day in a row with a high of 88° or 89°.  (Average high this time of year is 83°).

1978

The 0.10" of rain that fell between 2-3 AM made this the ninth day in a row to report rain.  In total, 4.46" fell during the nine days. 

1989

The morning low of 56° degrees was in sharp contrast to a high of 94° just two days earlier.

 

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2001

Today was the second day in a row with a high of 99°, a record for the date.

2006

This was the fifteenth day in a row in which the morning low was in the 70s.  The average low during these days was 75°, six degrees above average, with the warmest reading being 83° on Aug. 2.  This was the longest streak of very warm daily minimum temperatures in eleven years (the longest streak is 22 days in the summer of 1980, later joined by the summer of 2010).

2007

Tremendous thunderstorms moved through the area before daybreak, dumping 2.50" of rain and shutting down much of the City's subway system.  A tornado wreaked havoc in parts of Brooklyn.  Between 5:36-6:36 AM 1.91" of rain came down, the greatest one-hour downpour since the night of July 17, 1995 (when 2.09" fell).  Later in the afternoon the temperature rose to 90°, which was the last 90-degree reading of the year, three weeks earlier than usual.  In total, the year had only ten days in the 90s, well below the average of eighteen.  All of the highs were in the 90° to 92° range.

 

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2011

Today's high reached 90°, the twentieth, and last, 90-degree day of the summer, a slightly above average number.   (However, having twenty by the first week of August is well above average.)Save

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Looking Back at New York Weather: July 2

 

1901

For the second day in a row the high reached 100°, the first time on record with back-to-back days in the triple digits.  It would be 25 years before this happened again (in total, two or more days in a row has happened seventeen times, with the last time being in 2011).

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1956

With a high of 93°, this was the fourth year in a row in which the high reached the 90s on this date.

1958

Today's high of 93° was the hottest reading of the year.  The last time a year's hottest temperature was this low, or cooler, was in 1927, when the hottest reading was 92°.  (The next time it happened would be just two years later, when the year's hottest reading was only 91° during the summer of 1960.)

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1972

Today's high of 91° was the year's first 90-degree reading - five weeks later than the usual first occurrence.  Not since 1960 (when it occurred on 7/12) was the first 90+ so late.

1993+

0.76" of rain fell during the PM hours, with two-thirds of it falling between 11 PM-midnight.  After today, just 0.94" fell for the rest of the month.  This followed an equally dry May and June in which just 1.56" and 1.49" was measured, respectively.  Today's conditions kept temperatures cool, with a high of only 69° reported (14 degrees below average). 

2001

The morning low was a refreshing 56°, twelve degrees below average, and tying the record set way back in 1888.  A cooler reading wouldn't be reported for more than two months (53° on Sept. 14).

2002

Today's high reached 95°, the first of a dozen 90-degree days this month.

2004

Today was the first of three 87-degree days in July, the month's warmest reading.  This was only the third July in the past fifty years with no 90-degree days (later joined by 2009).

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2014

This was the year's first day in the 90s, the latest date for this occurrence since the summer of 1985.  It was sunny and uncomfortably humid, making the high of 91° feel like 96°.  Some relief arrived after 6:00 when severe thunderstorms with vivid lightning rumbled through the area over the next four hours.  Central Park picked up nearly an inch of rain.

2016

Today's low of 63° would be the coolest reading in July, making this the seventh year in a row in which July had no lows in the 50s (and the streak has continued thru 2020).  This was a new record, breaking a tie with another six-year stretch from 1966 to 1971. 

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: June 27

 

1932

On a sweltering day (high of 90°, heat index of 100°) strong thunderstorms moved through between 4 PM and midnight, dumping 2.11" of rain, most of which fell in the two hours between 8-10:00.

1966

Today, with a high of 101°, was only the third time a high in triple digits has occurred in June.  The other occurrences were on June 26, 1952 (100°) and June 29, 1934 (101°).  This was the first of sixteen days with highs of 90° or hotter in the next eighteen days.  (Yesterday's high was a comfortable 82°.)

 

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1976

This was the first Gay Pride Day in which the temperature hit 90°.  There have since been five other parades marched in 90-degree weather (the last was in 2010)

1980

Today's high was 94°, the only 90-degree day this month, and it came five weeks after the previous 90-degree day.  (July and August, however, would have twenty-six such hot days.)

 

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1981

This morning's low of 58° was just the second low in the 50s this month, tying June 1899, 1937 and 1939 for fewest number of days cooler than 60°.  (The average number is ten.)

1992

Each of the past five days had afternoon highs that were progressively warmer by one degree:  76° on June 23; 77° the next day; 78° on June 25; 79° yesterday; and 80° today.

2010

It was a hot and sticky Gay Pride Day, with a high of 91°.  And for the seventh of the past eight days the morning low was 71°.  (For more weather highlights from past Gay Pride Days, click here.)  

 

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2020

A 15-day streak with no measurable rain ended today when 0.09" of rain fell in the early afternoon.  (This was the longest such streak since one of 18 days in the fall of 2017.)  And a 7-day streak with highs of 85° or warmer (the longest since a 10-day streak in June 2010) ended when the high, due to clouds and showers, got no higher than 80°.  Despite the slightly cooler temperatures, the dew point in the middle of the afternoon reached an uncomfortable 73°.  

2021

For the second year in a row (a first), the high reached 90° on Pride Sunday.  And with an afternoon dew point in the 70°-71° range, the heat index reached 96°.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds, which cleared as evening approached.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 25

 

1994

Tropical conditions through mid-afternoon made the high of 88° feel like the mid-90s.  Today was my brother's wedding out in northern New Jersey, and I was his best man, so wearing a tux in this weather was a bit uncomfortable to say the least.  And the bridesmaids arrived at the church somewhat wilted because the air conditioning in their limo didn't work.  Happily, drier air moved in just as the outdoor reception was getting underway.

 

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1995

The 0.08" of rain that fell in the wee hours of the morning was the first measurable rain on this date in 11 years.

1998

The year's first reading in the 90s was today, four days later than last year's, and the latest date of this occurrence since 1985 (the typical date is in late May).  There would be just seven more days in the 90s this year (the typical number is 18).

2004

0.95" of rain fell during thundershowers between 6-11 PM.  Rain was heaviest at the onset, when 0.53" fell in the initial hour.  

2012

Two rounds of severe thunderstorms moved through the area, one during morning rush hour and the other during the evening commute.  This was much like three days earlier when strong storms rumbled through during mid-afternoon and early evening.  However, in all cases Manhattan was in a protective bubble as the storms either lost their punch, or moved to the north or south.  While three to six inches of rain was common in the suburbs of New Jersey, Westchester County and Long Island, just 0.50" was measured in Central Park.     

 

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2017

Today's high reached 83° for the fifth day of the past six.  (And since 2000, 83° happens to be the most frequently occurring high temperature).

2019

Shortly after daybreak a deluge dumped 0.86" of rain in a little less than an hour.  This tied 6/2 as the rainiest day this month.  And although the rest of the day was rain-free, it was very humid, with dew points in the low 70s during much of the afternoon (this was the first day this year I turned on my AC).  Additionally, today had the first low in the 70s of the year, about three weeks later than average, and the latest date in ten years.

 

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: June 23

 

1886

A tropical storm passing to the south of New York, dropped 1.20" of rain.  Cloud cover and rain kept the temperature in the 60s all day (high/low of 66°/62°).

1901

The month's paltry 1.00" of rain (today was the last day with rain) was sandwiched between four months that each had more than six inches (April and May, July and August).

1918

During a time in June when highs average around 80°, today's temperature got no higher than 59°.  And the low of 49° was a record (which still stands).

2003

Today was the seventeenth day this month with a low in the 50s, passing June 1965 as the June with the most such days in the years since 1960.

2009

This morning's low of 66° was nothing remarkable except for the fact that it was the warmest low temperature of the month, making it the "coolest" temperature for a maximum low in June (got that?) of any year since 1970.  1972 and 1979 are the only other years that didn't have a low of 70° or warmer in June.

 

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2015

Today's high was 90°, the year's first 90-degree reading, which was nearly four weeks later than usual (but earlier than last year's, which didn't happen until 7/2).  The day was hazy, and the air thick with humidity, which produced a heat index in the mid-90s.  Turbulent weather rolled through the area late in the afternoon, but Manhattan escaped the severe storms as just 0.02" of rain was measured in Central Park.

2017

For the fourth day in a row the high was 83°, a few degrees above average.  Today's high was noteworthy since the day's low was a very uncomfortable 76°; a low that warm is usually a springboard for a high in the 90s (or at least in the upper 80s).  Mostly overcast skies and high humidity (dew points were in the 70s all day, peaking at 75°) prevented the temperature from rising very much.  

2021

Today's low of 55° was the chilliest reading of the month (but far from 1918's record of 49°), and the coolest reading this late in June since 1995, when a low of 54° occurred on June 28.

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Today in New York Weather History: May 3

 

1983

A week-long warm spell had temperatures that averaged 12 degrees warmer than average.  However, today's high of 79° would turn out to be the mildest reading of the month - not very warm for that distinction.  In fact, the last time the warmest reading in May was this "cool" was more than 30 years ago.  (It would happen again in 2003 and 2005.)

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2001

With a high of 90°, today was the third day in a row with a record high.  (And tomorrow would be the fourth in a row, when the high reached 92°, the hottest of the four days).

2010

1.29" of rain fell between midnight and 8 AM, with more than half of it coming down between 3:30-4:30, when 0.67" fell.

 

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2012

An overnight thunderstorm dumped 0.43" of rain between 1-2 AM.

2016

The 0.61" of rain the fell today, mostly before daybreak, made this the rainiest day in ten weeks (since 1.21" fell on 2/24).

2018

After yesterday's high of 90° tied the record from 2001, today's high of 92°, twenty-four degrees above average, broke the previous record - also from 2001. 

2020

Two days after a 16-day streak with below average temperatures ended, and the day after New York had its first reading in the 70s since March 20, today had the year's first reading in the 80s (80°).  This was the first year since 2014 to have its first 80 in May rather than in April (average date of the first 80°+ reading is 4/22).

 

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