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Today in New York Weather History: January 3

 

1923

The biggest snowfall of the winter began this afternoon and continued until daybreak on the 4th, accumulating 9.0".  The temperature fell slowly through the storm, dropping from 33° to 29°.

1974

Less than a month after an epic ice storm (Dec. 16-17) another winter storm brought significant sleet and freezing rain.  Beginning mid-afternoon and continuing thru daybreak on 1/4, 0.71" of liquid precipitation was measured and 1.8" of sleet/snow (much of it fell today).  Just two degrees separated today's high and low (32°/30°).

 

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1981

Today's air was so dry and cold (high of 21°/low of 13°) that 1.5 inches of fluffy snow was produced from just 0.03" of liquid - an incredible 50:1 frozen-to-liquid ratio (10:1 is more typical for the Northeast).   

1987

This was the last day of a 20-day stretch in which temperatures never fell below average.  However, there were no temperature extremes as only one day had a high above 50°.  

 

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1997

An unseasonably mild afternoon high of 62° occurred just two days after a morning low of 11°.

1999

2.42" of rain fell, with 0.89" pouring down between 10-11:00 AM.  This was a record for the date.  Today's high was 51°, the only day between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6 to have a high temperature above freezing.

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2000

A record high of 64° (25 degrees above average) eclipsed the previous record set three years earlier.  This was the second of three days in a row with 60-degree readings.

2001

Today was the 13th day in a row in which the high temperature failed to get above freezing.  This was three days short of the all-time streak of sixteen days which occurred in Jan/Feb 1961.

 

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2008

With a bone chilling high of just 20° (and wind chills in the single digits), today was the first day this winter to be completely below freezing.  This was the latest date for this first freezing-or-colder occurrence in 21 years (when it happened on Jan. 20, 1987 - the latest date ever).  Combined with a low of 12°, this would be the coldest day of the winter - seventeen degrees below average.

2013

Today's maximum temperature was 32°, the first day this winter with a high of 32°or colder.  In the past 40 years only four other winters have had a later date for this occurrence.  (The winter of 2007-08 had its first freezing high on this date as well.) 

 

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2014

Snow ended before daybreak and the rest of the day had clear skies and frigid temperatures.  3.3" fell after midnight, bringing the storm's total accumulation to 6.4".  With a high of just 18°/low of 9° (as midnight approached), the day's mean temperature was 19 degrees below average - the coldest in five years.  

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Today in New York Weather History: December 19

 

1910

Today was the first day this month with a low temperature above 32°.

1919

Today's 1.9" of snow brought the season's snowfall to 4.0", which exceeded last winter's total of 3.8" (the least snowy winter until 1973).  Besides the snow it was also very cold, with a high/low of 20°/10° - but this was bearable compared to yesterday's 11°/-1°.

 

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1945

An afternoon/nighttime snowstorm dropped 8.3" (all but 0.3" fell today).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter (and since March 1941).  Besides the snow, temperatures were also quite cold, with a high/low of just 23°/20° (fifteen degrees below average).

1948

One year after the huge 26.4" snowstorm of Dec. 26, another formidable snowstorm crippled the City with 16.0".  At the time this was the shortest time between major snowstorms.  Since then there have been seven pairs of major snowstorms (of a foot or more) that have occurred with less than 12 months in between (the shortest hiatus being four weeks, in January and February 1978.) 

1973

For the second day in a row the high/low was the same frigid 25°/17°, the coldest days of the month.  The sub-freezing cold prevented the layer of thick ice from the ice storm of 12/16-17 from melting quickly.

1979

3.5" of snow fell, the first snowfall of the winter.  It would be the winter's largest accumulation until mid-March.  Today was also the coldest day of the month, with a high of 26° after a low of 20°.

 

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1981

Today was the first day of the winter that had temperatures completely below freezing, with a high of 28°/low of 21°.  

1985

With a high of 30°, today was the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder.

1991

With a high/low of 27°/13°, today was the first day of the winter completely below freezing.

1995

Beginning today and continuing into tomorrow Central Park had its biggest December snowfall since 1960 as 7.7" fell (10-12" had been predicted).  Less than 10 miles away, LaGuardia Airport was buried by 14.9" (8.0" today, 6.9" tomorrow).

 

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2004

An Arctic front moved thru late in the afternoon and the temperature plunged from 47° to 21° by midnight.  The season's first snow fell between 9PM-3AM, but it was just 0.6".  

2008

Four inches of wet snow fell (an additional 0.5" fell overnight).  This would be the biggest snowfall of the winter until March 1-2 when 8.3" fell. 

2009

The first snowfall of the winter was a snowstorm that moved in late in the afternoon.  By the time it ended at around 4:00 AM on Sunday, 10.9" had fallen.  Long Island received considerably more, with parts of Suffolk County buried by more than 20". (Photo taken in the NYC suburb of Bronxville.)

 

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2015

Although today had the chilliest mean temperature since the end of March, the high/low of 40°/35° was still two degrees above average.  This ended a nine-day streak in which the mean temperature was ten degrees or more above average.  The last time there was a streak of this many days was in January 2002.     

2019

With a high/low of 25°/16° (fourteen degrees colder than average) today was the first day this winter with a high of 32° or colder.  This was close to the average date of this occurrence, but it was the latest date since the winter of 2015-16 when it didn't occur until Jan. 5.  Wind chills during the morning were in the single digits.  This would be the coldest day of the winter of 2019-20 - the first winter since 2005-06 to have its coldest day occur in December.

2020

Today and the previous three days had very similar, cold temperatures: 31°/24° (on 12/16); 33°/24°; 32°/24°; and 32°/20° (today).  These four days were nine degrees below average.  Coincidentally, last December had a an equally cold four-day period at about the same time (Dec. 18-21), with an average high/low of 32°/21°.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 17

32degreesDecember 17 is the average date of the first high temperature of 32° or colder (based on the period 1970-2019).  It's happened as early as Nov. 22 (in 2008) and Nov. 23 (1989) and as late as Jan. 20 (1986).  In more than half of the years the first high of 32° or colder was 31 or 32 degrees, but it's been as cold as 20°.  That happened in the winter of 2007-08 when it occurred late, on Jan 3.   

 

1904

A snowfall of six inches (three inches this evening, three inches tomorrow morning) came four days after a snowfall of seven inches.

1919

Four days after the temperature reached 61° at 9:00 PM, tonight shortly before midnight the mercury had fallen to one degree above zeroThis was the first of fifteen days this winter with lows in the single digits or colder.

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1932

Snow that began late in the morning continued through early morning on 12/18 and amounted to 7.2".  It was also a very cold day, with a high/low of only 21°/10°.  (The snow was gone by Christmas Day, which had a high of 59°.)  The next measurable snowfall wouldn't be for another seven weeks (2/4).

1951

Today's frigid high/low of 20°/8° (22 degrees below average) would be the coldest day of the winter.  Skies were clear.

1971

This was the twelfth day in a row with above average temperatures.  During these dozen days temperatures were ten degrees above average.  Even after passage of a cold front early this morning, and temperatures falling throughout the day, the mean temperature was five degrees above the norm.  This stretch of mild weather followed a two-week period of colder than average weather. 

1973

The epic ice storm that began yesterday afternoon continued through this morning.  Conditions were worse than yesterday as sleet and freezing rain fell at an even heavier rate.  In total, 1.46" of precipitation fell - all in the form of sleet or freezing rain.  The temperature stayed below freezing all day and by midnight had fallen to 17°. 

 

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Light showers through early afternoon amounted to 0.12".  This was the 146th day this year with measurable precipitation, establishing 1996 as the year with the most days of precipitation in the 20th century, passing 1972, the previous crown holder.  And there would be six additional days of precipitation before the year ended.  (The average number days of precipitation per year is 121.)

1998

Today was the 25th day in a row with above-average temperatures.  During this stretch of mild days temperatures were ten degrees above normal.  This would be the mildest December since 1984.

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2000

Today's high of 62° was a record for the date, just one of five days with above-average temperatures during a December that was quite cold (5.5 degrees below average) - the coldest since 1989. 

2001

This was the 18th day in a row in which no low temperature was duplicated.  During these days (beginning on Nov. 30) they ranged between 32° and 58° - all above average.

2012

Only three degrees separated the day's high (43°) and low (40°) on a raw, "gloomy Gus" kind of day. 

2013

Light snow, occasionally mixed with sleet, fell throughout the daytime hours and amounted to 1.5".  This was the fourth snowfall of the past ten days, totaling 8.6".  Three of these snow "events" delivered one-inch+ - the most such snowfalls in December since 2005.  Besides being snowy, the ten days since 12/8 were also quite cold, with the average high/low of 35°/26° nearly eight degrees below the norm.  

 

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2015

It was a mild and rainy day.  The 1.25" of rain that was measured in Central Park fell mostly between 11 AM and 4 PM.  This was the eighth day in a row that had a mean temperature more than 10° degrees above average.  The average high/low during these days was 63°/52° - nineteen degrees above average.

2016

Six days after the first measurable snow of the winter (0.4"), today saw the first snowfall of one inch or more as 2.8" accumulated between 4:00-8:00 AM.  Then it changed to sleet and then to freezing rain, all of which was over by noon.  (By contrast, last winter's first one-inch snowfall wasn't until 1/23 - the blizzard that buried the City under its biggest snowfall on record.)

 

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2018

Light wraparound showers in the wee hours of the morning (amounting to just 0.03"), remnants from yesterday's rainstorm, made this the 152nd day this year with measurable precipitation, tying 1996 for the all-time record.  What distinguishes 2018 from 1996 is that its total precipitation for the year was more than five inches above 1996's (with two weeks remaining in 2018).

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Today in New York Weather History: December 16

 

1903

This was the third day in a row with a high of 26°.  Lows on these three days were 21° (12/14), 20° (12/15) and 19° (12/16).  The streak followed a high of 54° on 12/13.

1910

The coldest day of the winter of 1910-11 was today, with a high/low of 21°/11°.

1958

This was the tenth day in a row with a sub-freezing high temperature.  During this unusually early cold wave the average high/low was 29°/19°, twelve degrees below average.

1962

Today was the seventh day in a row that saw highs of 32° or colder.  The average high/low during this stretch of days was 27°/17°, fourteen degrees below average.  Despite the cold conditions there was very little snow, just 0.3" today and 0.1" on the 10th.

1973

One of New York's worst ice storms moved in during the afternoon and continued for 24 hours (the worst of it was between 11:00 PM tonight thru daybreak on 12/17).  Nearly three inches of sleet accumulated, and an inch of ice formed on sidewalks, cars and trees.  For the entirety of the storm, the temperature ranged between 27° and 30°.

 

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1974

A hard, steady rain fell between 9 AM-10 PM and amounted to 2.25", a record for the date. 

1997

Today's high of 54° was the mildest reading of the month, a relatively cool reading for that distinction.

 

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2001

This morning had the first low of 32° or colder this season - the second latest date on record for this occurrence.  (The latest date was three years earlier, on Dec. 22.) 

2005

1.58" of rain fell between midnight and 8:00 AM, making this the rainiest day of the month.

2007

An overnight lashing of sleet and rain produced 0.84" of precipitation and an inch of frozen precipitation on the ground.  Then a cold front moved through after dark, producing 40-60 mph wind gusts.  

2008

Overnight the temperature plunged from 62° at 11 PM (on 12/15) to 37° by daybreak today.  After a raw and gray day, an inch of snow fell during the evening, the first measurable snowfall of the season.  (By midnight the temperature was down to 30°.)

 

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After six days in a row with high temperatures in the 60s, today had a cool down.  However, the high/low of 53°/46° was still thirteen degrees above average.

2016

What a difference a year makes!  This morning's low of 17° was coldest reading in December in seven years.  And with a high/low of 27°/17° (fifteen degrees below average), today was the first completely below-freezing day since Feb. 14 (when the high/low was a frigid 15°/-1°). 

2018

Today was rainy, raw and windy, with temperatures hovering around 40° during the daytime hours.  1.44" of rain was measured, pushing the year's total precipitation over sixty inches, making this the eighth year since 1869 to reach this level (and placing 2018 as the sixth wettest year on record).  Today's rainfall easily topped the 0.91" that fell during the first fifteen days of the month.

2020

An intense nor'easter brought the season's first measurable snow, which began late in the afternoon.  By midnight 6.5" had piled up in Central Park and the snow continued overnight thru daybreak (adding four inches).  There were also periods of heavy sleet between 9PM-3AM.  This was December's biggest snowfall since the post-Christmas blizzard of December 2010 that paralyzed the city with 20".  Today's snowfall was more than what fell during the previous winter (4.8").  It was also a record amount for the date and was the thirteenth December snowstorm to produce ten inches or more.  This storm dumped tremendous amounts of snow in Pennsylvania, New York State and New England, with some locations picking up between two and three feet (Binghamton, NY reported 40").

Besides the snow it was also quite cold.  Today's high/low of 31°/24° made this the first day of the winter to have a high of 32° or colder.  Winds gusting between 30-40 mph created wind chills in the 10°-15° range.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 4

 

1906

The high/low was only 26°/13°.  This compares to the average high/low in the first week of December of 48°/33°.  Only Christmas Eve day would see colder readings this month (20°/12°)

1911

A snowfall of seven inches ended up being the biggest snowfall of the winter.  The day, with a high/low of 33°/19°, would also the coldest day of the month.

1927

A major sleet storm, that amounted to a 2.1" accumulation of ice pellets, began around lunchtime.  Temperatures were mostly in the mid-twenties and howling winds gusted close to 40 mph, producing wind chills in the single digits.  In the few hours leading to midnight the temperature approached the freezing mark and rain mixed with the sleet.  In total, 1.07" of liquid precipitation was measured.    

 

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1929

This was the sixth, and last, day of an early Arctic outbreak.  The average high/low of 30°/20° was sixteen degrees below average. 

1957

Snow that started falling late last night continued overnight, and after a five-hour break resumed later in the morning, for a total accumulation 8.0".  The flakes came down heaviest between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM when they fell at a rate of an inch per hour.  This was the most snow to fall so early in the season since 1938, when 8.8" piled up on Nov. 24-25.  And it was the first of six snowfalls of four inches or more this winter.

 

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1982

Today's high of 72° set a record that held until 1998.

 

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1998

More typical of late May, today's high of 74°, twenty-seven degrees above average, was a new record for the date.  (And four days later the high would reach 75°, another record.)

2002

Today's high of 32° (after a low of 20°) made this the first day of the winter with a maximum temperature of 32° or colder, two weeks earlier than average.

2005

The first measurable snow of the winter fell on this Sunday morning as 2.5" accumulated between 3-9:00 AM.  Then it changed to a light drizzle for a few hours before ending during lunchtime. 

2019

With a high/low of 39°/32° this was the fourth day in a row in which the temperature never got out of the 30s.  This was the longest such streak since one of five days in January 1998.

 

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