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Today in New York Weather History: September 18

 

1889

This was the ninth day in a row with measurable rain.  In total, 5.93" fell, with more than half (3.34") falling on the 12th and 13th.

1905

Today's high/low of 77°/72° was the tenth time this summer temperatures were stuck in the 70s for the entire day - the most of any year (a record that still stands).

1936

After receiving just 0.08" of rain in the first two-and-a-half weeks of the month, a weakening hurricane to the southeast dumped nearly four inches, with most of it falling between 2 PM and midnight.  It was also a chilly day, with temperatures falling into the upper 50s during the afternoon.  This was the City's biggest rainstorm since Sept. 7-8, 1934, when a category 1 hurricane made landfall on Long Island and dumped 5.48" of rain in Central Park.

2004

2.18" of rain fell during the morning, most of it between 9-11 AM, as the remnants of Hurricane Ivan moved through.  Ivan's rainfall was much heavier in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. 

 

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2012

A squall line rolled through between 7:30-8:30 PM and dumped 1.06" of rain in a 30-minute period. 

2018

The remnants of Hurricane Florence, which brought disastrous flooding to southeastern North Carolina a few days earlier, synched-up with a cold front and brought heavy rain during the afternoon (12:30-4:30), producing 1.16".  When the rain began, the dew point was at a sticky 74°.  This rain came eight days after the remnants from Hurricane Gordon brought 1.38" of rain (but it fell over the course of nearly 24 hours). 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 16

 

1903

A category 1 hurricane made landfall on the Jersey shore in the morning and brought a brief period of heavy rain to New York between 11 AM-2 PM, with 1.63" measured.

1971

One week after the last 90-degree day of the year, today had the last 80-degree reading, about two weeks earlier than usual.

1991

Today's steamy high of 91°/low of 72° was 13 degrees above what's typical for mid-September.

1995

From July 24 thru today, a period of of 55 days, just 0.70" of rain was measured.  This was the longest streak of days with less than an inch of rainfall since one of 61 days in Aug./Sept. 1964. 

1999

Tropical storm Floyd flooded the area with 5.02" of rain, forcing many businesses to close early and causing service on some subway lines to be suspended because of track flooding.  Today's rainfall, a record for the date, was comparable to what fell for the entire summer (4.97").  More than half of it fell between 9 AM and 2 PM, but an additional 0.76" fell from a final band of heavy rain that moved through between 8-9 PM. 

Rainfall in Newark and Philadelphia exceeded seven inches.  Floyd produced historic flooding in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey and, at the time, was one of the ten most destructive natural disasters in US history.  

 

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2010

A violent and fast-moving storm ripped through the City during the evening rush hour.  While Manhattan was largely spared (0.46" of rain fell), the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope and the Queens neighborhood of Flushing were struck by tornadoes.  I was meeting a friend for dinner and made it to the subway station in my neighborhood just as the storm was approaching.  By the time I arrived in Midtown fifteen minutes later, the worst of it was over.  Not until we had finished dinner and walked to Penn Station did we learn of the severity of the storm, as all service on the Long Island Railroad had been shut down for the night.  

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 14

 

1904

After three weeks in which just 0.01" of rain fell, 3.84" poured down from a hurricane that crossed the eastern end of Long Island (it tore 19 barges from their moorings in New York Harbor).  The rainfall was split pretty evenly between this evening and tomorrow morning.

1930

A minimal hurricane off the Outer Banks of North Carolina, pushed rain squalls into the area after 10 PM on the 13th that continued through the wee hours of this morning.  The 0.75" that fell (0.56" of it today) was half the rainfall of a dry September (at the time, the tenth driest September; now ranked 21st). 

1944

The hurricane known as "The Great Atlantic Hurricane" raced up the Mid-Atlantic coastline, then veered to the east of NYC, dumping 3.82" of rain between 5 PM and midnight, and lashing the City with gale force winds that gusted between 40 and 50 mph (and 70-80 mph at LaGuardia Airport).  Today's rainfall came on top of 3.94" that fell yesterday and 1.64" the day before for a three-day total of 9.40".  The New York metro area was the bulls-eye for the heaviest rainfall.

 

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Rockefeller Plaza (from website bowerlyboogie.com; AP photo/John Lent)

1945

On the one-year anniversary of the "Great Atlantic Hurricane", 3.10" of rain poured down, largely during two thunderstorms between 6:00 and 10:00 PM.  The first storm was the most intense, with nearly two inches of rain falling in just an hour (between 6-7:00).

1961

Today's high/low was 87°/72°, the 22nd day in a row with above average temperatures.  With an average high/low of 89°/71° during these days, the mean temperature was nine degrees above average.  Nine days had highs in the 90s, fourteen had highs of 88° or hotter; seventeen days had lows in the 70s.

1971

In the past four days 6.70" of rain fell, with the bulk of today's pouring down today between 5-10 AM and 3-5 PM.  The 3.76" that fell was from tropical storm Heidi, and came less then three weeks after tropical storm Doria flooded the area with nearly six inches of rain.  Today's amount was 0.06" shy of the record for the date. 

 

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1975

The AM low of 46° was the chilliest reading of the month, 16 degrees below average, tying the record for the date.

1981

Today's high/low of 89°/71° was 11 degrees above average.

1989

0.55" of rain fell between 2-3 PM and 0.41" fell between 4-5 PM.  Despite the rain (1.31" fell in total) this was the eighth day in a row with a high temperature in the 80s.

1995

Today was the last 90-degree day of the year (the high reached 90°).  In total, the year had 29 days in the 90s (including one day with a high in triple digits), well above the average of eighteen.  At the time this was the ninth highest number of hot days on record (now tied for eleventh).

1996

This morning's low of 57° was the first that was cooler than 60° since June 3 - the longest stretch of days with lows of 60+ on record.  (This was nine days longer than the previous record of 93 days in 1966.)  Ironically, the summer of 1996 was cooler than average.

2001

Three days after the 9-11 attacks, 1.90" of rain fell during the morning, hampering rescue and recovery operations down at Ground Zero.  (Later that day President Bush visited the site.)

 

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2003

Today was one of four days this month in which the high reached 80°, the warmest reading of the month - and the coolest maximum temperature for any September in more than 50 years.  Despite this, the month's overall temperature was slightly above average (+0.5°). 

2012

Today's high of 80° was the last reading in the 80s this year.  Only three other years since 1970 have had an earlier date for this occurrence: in 1999 (on 9/12), 1996 (on 9/10), and later on in 2020 (on 9/10).  The typical date for the last 80-degree reading is 9/30 (during the 1970-2011 period).

2013

Today's chilly high of 67° was nine degrees cooler than average and ten degrees cooler than yesterday, twenty degrees cooler than two days ago and twenty-nine degrees cooler than 9/11, which had a high of 96°.

2015

It was a delightful day, with clear skies and very pleasant temperatures that were a touch below average.  The morning low of 59° was the first in the 50s since late June.  With a high/low of 77°/59° today snapped a 16-day streak of above average mean temperatures.  During these sixteen days temperatures were close to eight degrees above average.  

 

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2016

Today's high reached 91°, the latest date for a 90-degree reading since 1995 (when the date was also 9/14).  Half of this year's twenty-two 90-degree highs were either 90° or 91°; only three were 95° or hotter.  Today's heat was brought to heel by a brief, but strong, thunderstorm that struck around 5 PM and dumped 0.56" of rain in about an hour. 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 13

 

1889

A dissipating hurricane stalled off the Delmarva Peninsula and brought bands of rain over the course of the past four days, amounting to 4.46", with much of it (3.34") falling yesterday and today.  Except for one hour this afternoon, the temperature was stuck in the 60s.  These four days were the start of streak of nine days in a row (and ten out of eleven) with some rain; total rainfall during this period was around six inches.  (Last September, from the 8th thru the 21st, had rain on eleven of the fourteen days, with nearly seven inches measured in Central Park.)

1904

Although it was just 0.01", today's rain broke a three-week dry spell.  (And nearly four inches  would fall in the next two days.)

1937

It was a very rainy Monday as the biggest rainstorm of the year (and in three years) dumped 3.07" of rain in just ten hours, from daybreak to late afternoon. 

1944

A rapidly intensifying hurricane north of the Bahamas spread heavy rain into the region during late morning and later in the evening.  In total 3.94" of rain poured down, with 2.85" of it falling between 7-11 PM.  This was in addition to 1.64" of rain that fell in the PM hours yesterday from early bands of rain.  The hurricane would move into Carolinas and then the New York region tomorrow afternoon and evening, bringing even more wind and rain.

1952

Today's high of 94° was the hottest temperature so late in the year since 1941 when the high on 10/5 was also 94°.  Today, the last day of a three-day heat wave, was also the last 90-degree reading of the year (in total there were twenty-four 90-degree days this year, well above average).

1970

The first New York City Marathon was held today, a day with wall-to-wall sunshine.  Participants were greeted with a chillier than average morning (58°), which was great for running, and the dew point was in the comfortable 50s.  By afternoon the temperature was slightly warmer than average (80°).

 

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1973

From Aug. 3 thru today, a period of six weeks, just 0.81" of rain fell.  This was the longest streak of days with less than an inch of rainfall since a 45-day streak in Jan/Feb 1968.

1985

The morning low of 49° was the earliest date for a reading in the 40s since 1978 (when it occurred on Sept. 10).

1987

It was a rainy Saturday, which happened to be the wedding day of friends from the City whose reception was held in Westchester County.  Although guests were protected by a sturdy tent, rain trickled in at the edges.  By the time the rain ended in the early afternoon, 1.89" was measured (including 0.80" that fell last night).  Today's rain was the first on this date since 1974.

 

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2005

Today's high was 92°, fifteen degrees above average, and the last day of the year with a reading in the 90s.  In total the year had twenty-three such days, five more than average (and quite a jump from last year's two).

2010

This was the third day in a row with a morning low of 59°. 

2018

Overnight showers made this the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation.  This was the fifth streak of six days or more this year - the greatest number of any year on record.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 12

 

1937

This was the fourth day in a row with a low of 60° and it came one year after another four-day streak of lows at 60° in September (9/4-9/7).  High temperatures on all four days were in the upper 70s.

 

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1944

The first wave of rain associated with a developing hurricane still south of the Bahamas moved through during the afternoon and evening, amounting to 1.64".  More than twice this amount would fall tomorrow as well as the day after that as what became known as The Great Atlantic Hurricane moved up the East coast.

1960

Rain and high winds from hurricane Donna lashed the area during the morning through the first half of the afternoon.  2.36" of rain fell (heaviest between noon and 3 PM) and winds gusted between 40-50 mph; at LaGuardia Airport winds gusted to 90 mph and 3.63" of rain fell.

 

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1961

Today's high was 94°, a record for the date, and the ninth 90-degree high in the past seventeen days (since Aug. 27).  The average high during this two-and-a-half week period was 89°, eleven degrees above average.

1971

This was the ninth day in a row with a low in the 70s, the longest such streak in the month of September.  The average low during these days was 72°, nine degrees above average.

 

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1983

Today was the 12th consecutive day in which the high temperature was 84° or warmer.  This stretch of days was nine degrees warmer than average.  This was also the 27th day in a row with above average mean temperatures, one of the longest such streaks on record. 

1987

0.53" of rain fell in an hour (9:08-10:08 PM).  This downpour occurred shortly after the rain started to fall and continued into the next day.  When the rain ended, 1.89" had been measured.

2008

The 0.39" of rain that fell today between 2-11 PM was the first rain on this date in 21 years.

2010

Scattered showers produced 0.15" of rain, breaking a 17-day dry spell.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 11

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September 11 is the average date for the last daily minimum temperature in the 70s.  It's happened as early as August 4 (in 1887) and as late as October 10 (in 2018).  Since 2000, the typical year has had 42 days with lows in the 70s/80s (this compares to 32 days in the second half of the 20th century, 27 days in the first half, and 29 days in the 1869-1899 period).

 

1882

Rain from a tropical storm amounted to 3.23", with much of it (2.57") falling today.

1884

This was the eighth unseasonably warm day in a row, all with afternoon highs that ranged from 88° to 91°, and lows that were between 71° and 77°.  The average high/low during this period, 89°/75°, was 14 degrees above average.

1931

The day after the high reached 97°, today's high soared to 99° - both records for the respective dates.  (And in 1983 the same two dates had the same high temperatures.)  This tied Aug. 7 for the year's hottest reading.

 

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1954

Less than two weeks after Hurricane Carol struck eastern Long Island (Aug. 30-31), Hurricane Edna made itself known, dumping 3.30" of rain, with most of it falling in the twelve hours between midnight and noon.  

1964

This was the third day this month with a high/low of 92°/63°.  The other two occurrences were on 9/4 and 9/9.

1983

Today was the hottest day of the year.  After the day started with an uncomfortable low of 80°, the afternoon high soared to a scorching 99° (the day's low ended up being 78°, occurring shortly before midnight).  This was the highest temperature recorded in September since 1953, when the mercury reached 102° on Sept. 2.  The past nine days were well above average as well (+11 degrees), and included five days in the 90s.  (For some reason I chose this as the day to ride my bike over the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time.)

 

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1989

Today, with a high of 91°, was the last 90-degree day of the year.  It was the latest 90-degree day since 1983 (when it occurred on 9/20).  In total, 1989 had sixteen 90-degree days, two shy of the average number.  

1991

Today was the 100th 80-degree high of the year, the first time this threshold was passed in the years since 1970.  (It would later be joined by 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2016.)

1992

The 0.07" of rain that fell between 2-5 AM was the first rainfall on this date since 1978.

2001

After a cold front passed through yesterday evening (producing thunderstorms in the afternoon), today dawned with a bright blue sky.  It provided a surreal backdrop when terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  Winds out of the west/northwest kept much of the smoke billowing from the collapsed towers from blowing north over Manhattan.  The day's high/low was 81°/63°, a few degrees above average.

 

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2007

Two-thirds of September's rain fell today.  Of the day's 1.21" total, 0.75" of it poured down in a torrential 15-minute downpour between 1:58 and 2:13 PM.  This was the first rainfall on this date in 10 years. 

2009

A coastal storm somewhat resembling a tropical storm buffeted the area with winds that gusted between 30-45 mph and rainfall, which fell throughout the day, that amounted to 0.84".

2013 

It was sunny, hot and humid, with a high of 96° (19 degrees above average).  This was the hottest reading on this date in 30 years, and the latest date for a reading in the 90s since 2005.  The oppressive morning low of 77° made this the 50th day of the year with a low of 70° or warmer, just the eighth year to achieve this since records began in 1869.  (Four more years have joined them since then, with 2020 being the most recent).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 8

 

1934

The strongest hurricane of the season brought heavy rain when it crossed over the eastern end of Long Island.  There were two periods of heavy rain, the first between 6-10 AM, when 1.23" fell, and then much heavier rain fell from 5-11 PM, when 3.26" poured down.  (An additional  0.37" fell at other times during the day, bringing the day's total rainfall to 4.86", a record for the date.)  During the early evening winds gusted between 45-50 mph.

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1980

Today was the 18th day in a row with above average temperatures.  During this stretch temperatures were nearly eight degrees above average.

1981

1.01" of rain fell between 9-11 PM (and 1.55" fell overall).

1985

Today was the end of a five-day stretch in which the temperature averaged 12 degrees above average - including three days in the 90s. 

1987

0.30" of rain fell in a 15-minute period between 8:49-9:04 PM.  Overall, 1.25" fell between 1-11 PM.

2004

Heavy rains from tropical storm Frances (amounting to 3.77") flooded the area shortly before morning rush hour (most fell between 5-8 AM, with 1.76" falling between 6-7 AM).  Frances' effects were felt here three days after it made landfall as a slow-moving category 2 hurricane along Florida's east coast. 

2010

Today was the 37th, and last, day of the year with a high temperature in the 90s - two fewer than 1991's and 1993's record number.  (However, 2010's was a hotter summer than either of those years.)

2011

Over the past three days 5.33" of rain fell from the combination of a cold front and remnants of tropical storm Lee.  Since 8/9 Central Park received an incredible 23.16" of rain (normal is 4.32").  During this 31-day period there were four major rainstorms: 2.09" fell on 8/8; 6.37" on 8/14-15; 6.87" on 8/27-28 (from Hurricane Irene) and 5.33" in the last three days.  So much rain had fallen thru today that the 55 inches measured in the Park was already five inches above its annual average.

 

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2012

Today continued a pattern of severe thunderstorms that dissipated once they moved over Manhattan.  Today's storm arrived between 6:30-7 PM.  It was the ninth since June 22 to bear down on the City only to weaken once it crossed the Hudson River (however, many suburbs and some of NYC's boroughs were hit hard).  One exception was the thunderstorm that struck on July 18 (1.76" fell), which was also the hottest day of the year (100°).    

2015

Clear and sizzling hot as the high soared to 97°, twenty degrees above average, and a record for the date.  This was the hottest reading of the year and the hottest in September since 1983 (when the mercury reached 99° on 9/11).  However, today's mean temperature of 86.5° wasn't the hottest of the summer; that remained on 7/20, when the high/low was 94°/82° (mean temperature of 88°).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 6

 

1926

Three weeks after 6.24" of rain fell (between 8/12-18), 4.17" fell from 9/2 to 9/6, with today seeing the most, 2.24".  In less than four weeks (8/12-9/6) more than eleven inches of rain fell.  Four days had rainfall of one inch or more.

 

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1963

It was a chilly and showery day (0.32" fell), with a high/low of only 56°/49°.  The day's high temperature was 22 degrees below average and more typical for the first week of November.  The low tied 1924 for the second earliest low in the 40s (earliest is 9/4/1883).  This was one of nine days in September that were ten degrees or more below average, a month that would be the chilliest September of the 20th century. 

1979

The remnants of Hurricane David moved through between 4 AM and daybreak with 50-mph winds and 1.22" of rain.  While it was a hurricane, David was one of the most powerful on record, the only category 5 storm to strike the Dominican Republic, where it killed thousands.  By the time it made US landfall in Georgia it was considerably weaker.

1983

It was a day with Mother Nature's broiler on as the high/low was a sizzling 94°/77°, fifteen degrees above average.

1985

Today's high/low of 93°/78° was 15 degrees above average.  This low temperature, the warmest recorded in September (in the years since 1900), also occurred in 1983 and 2010.  Today was also the last day this year with a high in the 90s.  In total, only nine days saw 90+, the fewest since 1975 (the average is eighteen).

1987

Today was the 15th day in a row with below-average temperatures.  During these days, temperatures were five degrees below normal.

1998

Today's high of 90° was the last 90-degree temperature of the year.  In total, there were only eight days in the 90s this summer, well below average.

2008

Tropical storm Hanna dumped 3.54" of rain, mostly between 3-9 PM.  Rain was heaviest between 5-6 PM when 0.97" poured down.  As a hurricane, Hanna devastated Haiti and killed more than 500.  It made landfall in the US near Myrtle Beach, SC.  The rainfall Hanna dumped on New York was the most in a 24-hour period all year and the most in sixteen months.  It was also a record rainfall for the date (and the first rain on this date in 12 years). 

 

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2011

Beginning shortly after daybreak, 3.22" of rain fell today, just 0.04" shy of the record for the date, set just three years ago; much of the rain fell between noon and 8 PM.  Rain fell for 48 hours and was produced by tropical storm Lee, and further enhanced by a cold front.  In total 5.33" was measured.  

2014

Today was the last day of a week-long warm spell in which every day had a high of 86° or warmer.  The high/low during this stretch, the longest of the summer, was 89°/72°, nine degrees above average.  Three of the seven days had highs in the 90s, including today's 91°.  This was the eighth year in which Sept. 6 was the last 90-degree of the year - the most of any date.

2018

Today, with a high of 93° (and a heat index that peaked at 104° in the early afternoon), was the end of and eleven-day stretch of unseasonably warm weather that had an average high/low of 88°/75°.  Relief arrived in the evening when a thunderstorm between 6:00 and 7:00 produced 0.36" of rain.  This hot stretch of weather had two four-day periods of hot weather at the beginning and end, with each having three days in the 90s and three days with lows of 75°+. 

2019

The northernmost bands of showers from hurricane Dorian moved through during the afternoon and early evening, with most of the minimal rainfall pouring down between 3-4 PM (when 0.27" was measured).  With the storm situated to the south-southeast of the metro area, winds were from the east-northeast (peak gust at Central Park was 29 mph), making it unseasonably cool.  Before the rain moved in during lunchtime the mercury peaked at 67° then dropped to 58° by evening, the first time since mid-June that a high and low were in the 60s/50s. 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 3

 

1905

Today was the fifth day in a row in which the temperature was stuck in the 70s. The high/low of these five days: 77°/71° (on 8/30); 78°/70°; 76°/70°; 75°/70°; and 79°/73° (today).  Another feature of today was heavy rain during the morning that amounted to 2.47", with almost all of it falling between 6 AM and noon.   

1917

The low was 64° for the third day in a row and would be the mildest low temperature of the month, the "coolest" reading on record for warmest low temperature in September (later tied in 1935).  This broke the previous record set in 1871 and 1883.

1918

Today and the previous three days had the following high temperatures: 80° (8/31)-79°-78°-77° (9/3).

1921

Today's high of 96° (on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend) was the hottest reading of the year, topping three other days that had highs of 95°.  This was also the last 90-degree day of the summer.  In total, there were 15 days in the 90s, three above average (1890-1920 period).

1969

On the day following Labor Day, heavy rain began falling just as the AM rush hour ended, dumping 1.60" of rain between 9 AM-noon.  Lighter rain fell for the rest of the day, and then more heavy rain moved in at around midnight and continued overnight.  In total, 3.32" of rain fell today, a record for the date (and an additional 2.96" would fall on 9/4).

1974

3.26" of rain fell, most of it between 5 PM and 2 AM.  At one point, 1.28" fell in the hour between 8-9 PM.  The day's rainfall was just 0.06" shy of the record for the date set five years earlier.

1977

On this Saturday of Labor Day weekend, today's high of 90° was the last reading in the 90s this year.  In total, the year had twenty-two days in the 90s, the most since 1966, when there were thirty-five (the average number is eighteen).

1984

The Labor Day holiday ended with a bang as thunderstorms dumped 0.97" of rain in the two-hour period between 10 PM and midnight.

 

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1992

0.91" of rain fell between 3-4 PM.  And more rain in the morning and evening added 0.74" more into the Central Park rain gauge.  This was also the third day in a row with a high of 77°.

1993

With a high of 95°/low 76°, today marked the last day of a ten-day hot spell in which six days had readings in the nineties.  During this week-and-a-half period the mean temperature was eight degrees hotter than average. 

2010

Hurricane Earl brought only overcast skies and muggy conditions to the New York area, but it lashed the eastern end of Long Island.  Then, as a downgraded tropical storm, it made a direct hit on Cape Cod.  

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2012

No summer holiday trifecta this year.  After a sunny and hot Memorial Day, and 4th of July (with highs of 89° and 92°, respectively), today (Labor Day) was a let-down, with gray skies (but no measurable rain fell).  However, the high was a seasonable 79°.

2018

This was just the fourth Labor Day since 1980 with a high in the 90s.  Furthermore, with a high/low of 90°/75°, today had the warmest mean temperature on Labor Day since 1980 when it was 95°/76°.  And what a difference a year makes: The first three days this September had a warmer average LOW than last year's average HIGH for the same three days (71° vs. 69°).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: September 2

 

1902

Today, with a high of 82°, was the last day to report a high in the 80s (or warmer) this year - the earliest date for this occurrence (a mark that still stands).  Typically, the last 80+ reading is during the last week of September. 

1924

This, the day after Labor Day, was the seventh, and last, day of a stretch of hot weather, with the last four days in the 90s (today's high was 92°).  The average high during this week was 90°, eleven degrees above average.  This unseasonable warmth quickly dissipated after a cold front moved through late in the afternoon, dropping the temperature to 60° by midnight.

1927

Today's high of 80° was the first 80+ reading since 8/17.

1932

Today's high of 96° was the hottest temperature of the year, and the year's last reading in the 90s.  (The preceding fifteen 90-degree days this summer were 90°, 91° or 92°.)  The day, which happened to be the Friday leading into Labor Day weekend, was also uncomfortably humid, with a heat index of 108° reached in the early afternoon. 

1953

Today's high of 102° was the hottest reading of the year, and the fourth time the mercury reached triple digits this year - a first (later duplicated in 1966).  This was also just the second time a high in the triple digits occurred in September (the first time was on Sept. 7, 1881).

 

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1966

Today was the 35th, and last, day this year with a high of 90° or hotter, nearly double the average number.  These hot days fell between June 4 and today.  Additionally, there were a dozen days with highs of 88° or 89°.  This torrid summer passed 1949's to become the hottest on record, a distinction it would hold until 2010.

Sizzle1977

Similar to Sept. 2, 1932, today was the Friday leading into Labor Day weekend, and it was a scorcher, with a high/low of 94°/75°, thirteen degrees above average. 

 

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1980

The hot summer of 1980 continued as today's high/low was 96°/75°, fourteen degrees above average.

1988

0.33" of rain fell in a 10-minute period between 8:18-8:28 PM.

1991

Today was Labor Day, and the morning low of 53° tied it with 1976 and 1883 as the chilliest reading on the holiday.

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1998

The 0.69" of rain that fell this evening (between 7-10:00) was the first rain on this date in 13 years (when just 0.01" fell).  The rain forced postponement of the US Open's evening matches.

2002

Rain fell throughout the morning of Labor Day, finally ending by 3 PM.  In total 1.63" fell, just four years after the second rainiest Labor Day (when 2.03" fell from two severe thunderstorms).  

2006

The Saturday of Labor Day weekend started off cool and wet as tropical storm Ernesto moved through, dropping 1.24" of rain; the day's high was just 66°, thirteen degrees below average.  Sunday and Monday, however, would be very nice, but a bit cooler than average (mid-70s). 

2010

Today was the fifth day in a row of 90-degree temperatures, and the 36th such day this year - thirty of them occurring since July 1.  The morning low was a steamy 78° (fourteen degrees above average), tying Sept. 6, 1985 and Sept 11, 1983 for the warmest low temperature on record in September in the past 100 years.

 

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2013

For the first time in ten years rain fell on Labor Day.  It occurred for a few hours during the middle of the afternoon, but only 0.05" was measured.  Afterwards, skies cleared somewhat but the muggy conditions of the weekend prevailed.

2014

Not only was today's high of 92° the hottest reading of the year, the low of 77° was the warmest minimum temperature as well.  Today's mean of 84.5° was two degrees warmer than June 18, which had a high/low of 89°/75°.  2014 joined ten other years whose hottest readings were 92° or lower (three were in the past ten years). 

2017

Today's cool high/low of 68°/54°, combined with yesterday's 71°/55° to produce the chilliest first two days of September in the years since 1900).  The previous chilliest Sept. 1-2 was in 1912.

 

Coolest Sept 1-2

2019

Although it was a modest amount, the 0.30" of rain that was measured from showers between 10:45 AM and 3 PM was the most to fall on Labor Day since 2003 (more than an inch of rain fell at Newark Airport).  Conditions rebounded somewhat once the showers moved out, but dew points in the low 70s made it a bit uncomfortable.  However, the temperature got no higher than 74°, which was the coolest high on Labor Day in ten years (when it was also 74°). 

 

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