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Today in New York Weather History: March 23

 

1875

Five of the past six days had highs of 32° or colder.  Average high/low during these six days was 31°/18°, seventeen degrees colder than average.

1934

Today was very cold even by mid-winter standards as the high/low was only 25°/13°.  Skies became overcast after sunrise, which kept the temperature from rebounding much.  These readings were in the midst of a 40-hour stretch in which the temperature stayed below freezing.  This cold day came five days after the high was 71°.

 

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1938

Three weeks after a low of 9°, today and the previous two days had highs in the mid-70s: 75°-77°-74° (today) - twenty-five degrees above average.

 

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1991

Raw and drizzly, with just two degrees of separation between the day's high (40°) and low (38°).

2005

It was a wet and windy day, with rain that began late in the morning ending late in the evening as the season's last snowfall.   (It was also the first time in 12 years that precipitation fell on this date.)  An inch of snow fell, bringing the winter's snowfall to 41 inches.  This was the unprecedented third winter in a row with more than 40 inches (and the following winter would also have 40 inches).

 

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2012

Today's high was a record-tying 76°, the eighth day of the past sixteen with a high in the 70s.  During these sixteen days temperatures were nearly fifteen degrees above average.  The high/low during this period of 66°/48° was more typical of late April.

 

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2015

Clear and cold, with a high/low of 38°/23°, which was 14 degrees below average.  This was the coldest mean temperature after the spring equinox since March 22, 2004 (36°/24°) and March 22, 2002 (33°/22°). 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 22

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Based on the period between 1980-2020, the average date of a year's first 70-degree reading in Central Park is March 22.  During these years it has occurred as early as January 6 (in 2007) and as late as April 26 (in 1984).  In 2012 there had already been seven days that were in the 70s by March 22.   Finally, in 2020 and 2021, the first 70+ readings were on 3/9 and 3/11, respectively.

 

1916

Today's snowfall of 2.9" followed a snowfall of 2.1" yesterday and was the sixth snowfall of two inches or more in the past three weeks (there were eleven days with measurable snowfall this month).  This was also the fourth storm to have significant sleet.  In total, snow/sleet amounted to 25.5" this month, making this New York's second snowiest March, after March 1896.  (It would also be the fifth coldest March on record, and the coldest of the 20th century.)

1945

The second half of March was extraordinarily mild, with an average high of 70°, but today was an outlier as the high only reached 40°, (but the low was a seasonable 35°).  Winds were from the northeast, skies were overcast and light showers fell throughout the day.

1959

Two days after the high reached 71° temperatures this afternoon were only in the upper 20s.

1964

A heavy, wet snow fell between 9 PM on 3/21 and 4 AM this morning, accumulating 4.9".  Temperatures during the snowfall ranged from 32° to 34°.  The temperature then rose close to 50° later in the afternoon.  This was the fourth snowfall of four inches or more this winter.

1967

One of New York's latest snowstorms dumped 9.8" thru mid-afternoon (0.8" of it fell late last night).  The day's high of 32° was 20 degrees below average.  This storm came three days after a morning low of 8°, the latest date on record for a reading in the single digits.  Additionally, in the past 45 days (since Feb. 6) 41.0" of snow fell, with accumulating snow falling on twelve of the days (including 12.5" on Feb. 7).

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1977

A hard, cold rain fell, amounting to 3.44"; most of it poured down between 10 AM-3 PM.  This was the year's biggest rainmaker until the monster storm of Nov. 6-7 that flooded the area with nine inches of rain. 

1992

Just three days after 6.2" of snow fell, another quick moving system dropped 3.2" during the evening.  These two snow events were responsible for most of the winter's 13 inches of snow.  During this evening's snowfall, a USAir Flight 405 slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport and landed in the waters of Long Island Sound; 27 passengers died. 

1998

It appeared this winter was going to have the least snow on record, with just 0.5" measured.  Then a surprise five-inch snowfall occurred overnight and the winter of 1998 ended up as the fourth least snowy (behind the winters of 1973, 1919 and 1932).  It would fall to fifth place four years later when the winter of 2002 had just 3.5", and to sixth place when the winter of 2020 had 4.8". 

 

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2018

Less than twelve hours after the last snowflakes from yesterday's 8.4" snowstorm fell around dawn (0.2"of it  fell after midnight), skies were clear and the temperature rose to 50°.  Although this was slightly below average, it was the mildest reading since March 1 (when the high reached 60°).  Today was also the sixteenth day in a row with below average temperatures; the last time there was a streak this long was in April 2007.

2019

Like last year, a coastal storm impacted the area but this time it was an all-rain event.  Rain began at daybreak yesterday and continued until late this morning.  In total 1.43" fell, with about two-thirds of that amount falling last night through the pre-dawn hours today (0.75" was measured yesterday, 0.68" today).  Besides the rain, gusty winds also raked the area, with peak gusts of 35-45 mph.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 21

 

1871

This was the fifteenth day of the past nineteen to have measurable precipitation, and today's amounted to 1.97", making this the rainiest of them all.  In total, 4.76" was reported (0.1" was snow).

1887

Today's high of 49° was the mildest reading this March - the only March with its mildest reading below 50° (this reading would happen a week later as well).  By comparison, January and February each had a reading in the low 60s.

1901

Although today's high was just 53°, it was the mildest temperature in March and would be the chilliest reading to be the warmest in March in the 20th century (a distinction that has continued in the 21st century). 

1921

Today had New York's first reading in the 80s in the month of March.  The high reached 84° shortly after 2:00 PM, but a strong cold front passed through around 3:00, and by daybreak on 3/22 the temperature had fallen to 37°.  Winds gusted to 35 mph during the evening.  Another reading in the 80s would occur one week later.

 

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1958

The nor'easter that moved in yesterday and dropped 4.7" of wet snow continued today and dumped an additional 7.1" thru midday.  The 11.8" that fell in total came just two years after 11.6" fell on March 18-19.  Philadelphia also picked up nearly a foot of snow from this storm - but the two cities' totals paled in comparison to the 30 to 40 inches that buried parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania.

1973

The morning low of 30° was the month's coldest reading, the mildest temperature for this distinction in the 1970-2021 period.  (The typical coldest reading in March is in the upper teens.)

 

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1974

Two inches of rain fell between 6 AM-2 PM, with more than half of it pouring down between 10 AM-1 PM.  Temperatures during the morning were stuck at 39°, then jumped to 55° between noon and 1:00 PM (during a thunderstorm), before falling back into the upper 30s by evening. 

1980

A fierce nor'easter battered the area with heavy rain and gale force winds.  The 2.21" of rainfall was a record for the date; an additional 1.04" fell the next day, ending in the early afternoon.  The 3.25" of rain that fell during this 36-hour assault was the most since January 1979.  The winds were so strong that the 40-story office building I worked in at 800 3rd Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets) was swaying noticeably, forcing the office to close mid-afternoon. 

 

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1986

Today was 16 degrees colder than normal (low of 18°), two days after it was 16 degrees milder than average (high of 70°).

1995

The past nine days all had above-average temperatures, with a mean temperature that was nine degrees above the norm.

2003

0.61" of rain fell this evening, with 0.17" of it pouring down in a five-minute period between 6:21-6:26 PM.  

2010

Today, with a high of 64°, was the sixth day in a row with a high that was twelve degrees or more above average.  The average high during these days was 68°, seventeen degrees above average.  (Yesterday's high was the warmest, reaching 74°)

2015

For the fourth day in a row the morning low was 29° degrees (average low is 37°).

2016

After beginning as light rain late last night, the last snowfall of the season fell in the wee hours of the morning, accumulating 0.5".  This snow brought the winter's total snowfall to 32.8".  Although this was above average, all but 5.3" came from the big blizzard of 1/23.

2018

On the first full day of spring snow began falling shortly after daybreak and continued for the rest of the day into the wee hours of 3/21.  By midnight 8.2" had accumulated, making this one of New York's biggest snowstorms after March 15 (an additional 0.2" fell after midnight).  This was the fourth nor'easter that brought heavy snow through the region this month, but the first in which the temperature was 32° or colder in the City (throughout the storm temperatures hovered between 31° and 33°).  Once again, Long Island was hammered, with accumulations of 12"-18" common. 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 20

 

1875

An ice storm on the first day of spring dropped 0.54" of liquid precipitation in temperatures that were below freezing all day (high/low was 31°/22°).

1958

An intense nor'easter brought winds of 35-45 mph along with heavy, wet snow that began shortly before daybreak and continued thru midday on the 21st.  4.7" fell today and 7.1" the following day.  However, today's temperature never got colder than 33°.  This storm buried parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania and upstate New York with 30 to 40 inches of snow.

 

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1967

The temperature rose above freezing shortly before noon for the first time since late afternoon on March 15.  During the four full days when temperatures were at freezing or colder (3/16-3/19) the high/low averaged 27°/13°, twenty-one degrees below average.

 

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1984

Today's high of 58° was the mildest reading of a cold March, the coldest since 1960.

1986

A vigorous cold front moved through, resulting in a plunge in temperature from 62° to 21°.

1993

This was the eleventh day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder (four of the days had lows in the teens).  The average low during these days was 23°, 12 degrees below average.

2012

Since 1970 the month of March has averaged 1.5 days with highs in the 70s.  Today's high of 73° was the sixth day this month to top 70° - the most for any March in the period (and two more would follow). 

 

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2015

Spring may have begun at 6:45 PM but it was a day when winter reasserted itself as snow fell during the afternoon and evening, amounting to 4.5".  As the snow fell, the temperature dropped from the upper 30s to upper 20s.  Today's snowfall brought March's total to 18.6", making it the snowiest month of the winter (December had 1.0", January 15.3" and February 11.9") - and the snowiest March since 1956.  And with a total of 47 inches, this became the tenth snowiest winter since 1950.     

2020

After a foggy start the sun broke through during the afternoon and the temperature jumped from the mid-50s at noon to 77° shortly before 5:30 (26 degrees above average).  The day's 30-degree jump in temperature from the morning low of 47° at daybreak was the biggest rise in temperature since a 32-degree rise on May 2, 2018 (from 48° to 80°).  After today's warm-up, the City's next reading in the 70s wouldn't occur until May 2.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 19

 

1877

Yesterday's and today's frigid highs and lows of 26°/12° and 22°/10° were comparable to the Arctic cold experienced on the same two dates the previous year (30°/9° and 27°/9°).

 

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1890

A late season snowfall of six inches was the largest accumulation of the winter, besting the snowfall of Dec. 14 by half an inch.

1918

After a record high of 76° was reached at 3:00 PM (a record that still stands), the temperature dropped like a rock and was half that reading by midnight.

1923

A paltry 0.1" of snow that fell in the early evening brought the winter's total snowfall to 60.4", making this the snowiest winter on record, breaking a tie with the winter of 1873.  This would stay the snowiest winter for 25 years (it's now ranked fourth).  This dusting of snow came about as Arctic air moved through the region; the temperature plummeted from 48° in mid-afternoon to 15° by midnight.  Strong winds after dark that gusted to 44 mph produced sub-zero wind chills.

1927

Today was the seventh day in a row with highs in the 60s.  The average high during this week was 65°, at a time of the year when highs are typically in the upper 40s.

1956

After 3.8" of snow fell yesterday afternoon and evening, an additional 7.8" fell today (thru late afternoon).  Temperatures stayed in the mid-20s all day.  In the past four days 18.3" of snow fell from two storms (6.7" fell on 3/16-17) and temperatures were 15 degrees below average.  Until four days ago just eight inches of snow had fallen all winter.

 

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1967

The morning low was an extraordinarily cold above zero, 27 degrees below average - the latest date on record for a single-digit reading in New York.  This came eight days after a high of 72°.

 

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1992

The biggest snowfall of the winter fell today, a sloppy 6.2".  This tripled the winter's relatively snow-free snow total to 9.4".  Just two degrees separated the day's high and low (33°/31°).

 

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1996

0.46" of rain fell in an hour and 0.75" in two hours (9-11 PM).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 18

 

1885

Today's low of 8° was the 18th in the single digits or colder this winter, breaking a tie with the winter of 1872-73 for most on record (later passed by the winter of 1918, which had 20 frigid lows).

1892

Snow that began falling late last night continued through this morning and accumulated eight inches (the 7.2" that fell today is the most to fall on 3/18).  This was the biggest snowfall of the winter (passing a six-inch snowfall on 1/16) and came in the midst of an unseasonably cold 12-day stretch (March 11-22) in which temperatures were 12 degrees degrees below average (high/low of 34°/22°).

1905

Today's high of 67° was the first reading above 50° in ten weeks, since Jan. 7.

1934

After peaking at 71° in the early afternoon (the first 70-degree reading of the year), the temperature plummeted to 30° by midnight (and 22° by sunrise on the 19th).  This was one of the City's greatest drops in temperature (and came less than two months after a drop of 52 degrees in an 18-hour period on Jan. 29-30).

 

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1956

Less than 48 hours after a snowfall of 6.7" an even bigger storm moved in during the afternoon.  By the time snow stopped falling 24 hours later 11.6" of new snow was on the ground (3.8" of it fell today).  And today's high/low was just 30°/21°, seventeen degrees below average.

 

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1962

This was the end of a five-day period that started and ended with highs of 50° while the three days in the middle all had highs of 49°.

1967

Hard to believe, but today's high/low was a frigid 20°/10°, twenty-seven degrees below average, and bitterly cold even by the standards of mid-winter.  Temperatures were last above freezing shortly before noon on 3/15 (and would stay below freezing for two more days).

1973

0.2" of snow fell in the late morning, the last measurable snow of a winter that was the least snowy on record - just 2.8" fell from three snowfalls.  The previous record was 3.8" during the winter of 1918-19.

1977

The last measurable snowfall of the winter, measuring 0.6", fell at daybreak before changing to rain.  In total, the winter had 24.5" of snow, which was just about average.  Still, it was the snowiest winter since 1969-70 (which had 25.6").  

1983

3.10" of rain fell, most of it coming down between 1-9 PM. 

1989

The temperature nosedived by 40 degrees, from 77° to 37°.  The cold front that ushered in the sharply colder air produced a severe thunderstorm mid-afternoon that dumped 0.35" of rain in just ten minutes (between 3:14-3:24 PM).  There was also some hail, a rarity in New York, especially in March.

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1990

This was the last day of an extraordinarily mild eight days in which the mean temperature was 18 degrees above average (high/low of 71°/47°).

1993

This morning's low of 13° was the coldest reading this month, twenty-two degrees colder than average.  The last time a temperature this cold occurred in March was in 1984.

1994

2.8" of snow fell during during the afternoon, the last measurable snowfall of the winter.  This brought the season's total snowfall to 53.2", making it the snowiest winter since 1960-61.  The day was also a cold one, with a high/low of just 33°/25°, fourteen degrees below average. 

 

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2000

The morning low of 22° came two days after a high of 65°.

2004

A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain during the morning accumulated just under an inch and was the final measurable ice/snow of the winter.  This was the second winter in a row with more than 40 inches, the first time for this occurrence since the winters of 1948 and 1949.

2011

Today's record-tying high of 77° was the warmest reading in nearly six months.

2012

Morning clouds and fog cleared in the afternoon and the high reached 63°.  Although this was thirteen degrees warmer than average, it was one of the coolest readings in the Eastern two-thirds of the country as most areas basked in temperatures between 75° and 85°.

 

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A wintry mix of snow and sleet moved in during the late afternoon, and by midnight three inches had accumulated.  It was the the final measurable snowfall of the winter and the most snow to fall on this date in more than 50 years.  This was significantly more snow than had been forecast as a changeover to rain occurred much later than predicted.  Also, with a high/low of 35°/28°, this was the coldest day this month - eleven degrees below average.

2018

The weekend featured clear skies and very low humidity.  Yesterday afternoon's was between 22% to 25% while today it was even lower, bottoming out at 15% during lunchtime.  Today was also the twelfth day in a row with below average temperatures.  

2021

After one of the driest first halves of March on record (0.16" was measured), light rain began at around 9 AM and continued for the rest of the day, amounting to 0.60".  This was the first measurable precipitation since 3/1.   Temperatures were mostly stuck in the mid-40s.  

 

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Today in New York City Weather History: St. Patrick's Day (March 17)

 

In the years since 1970 St. Patrick's Day has been the average date of the winter's last measurable snow in Central Park.  However, it's occurred as early as Jan. 18 (in 2020) and as late as April 19 (in 1983).   

 

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1870

This was the sixteenth day in a row with a low in the teens or 20s.  The average was 25°, with readings ranging from 19° (today) and 29°.

1916

What was already a very cold day (high of 26°) became even colder when a reinforcement of Arctic air moved in after dark, and by 11 PM the temperature had fallen to 9°.  This was the first single-digit reading in March in the 20th century (there were 15 occurrences between 1872 and 1891).  There have been five more since then (the most recent was in 1967).  Winds gusting close to 30 mph at night produced sub-zero wind chill readings. 

1926

This was the seventh day in a row with highs in the 30s.  The average high during these days was 36°, ten degrees colder than average.

1973

Today, with a high of 60°/low of 40°, was the seventeenth day in a row with above average temperatures.  During this two-and-a-half week period, temperatures were nearly ten degrees above average.  (At the time this would be the fifth mildest March on record; it's since fallen to twelfth.)

1989

Today's high of 70° made this the mildest St. Paddy's Day since 1945 (when the temperature reached 75°, the warmest on record).  This was also the seventh year in a row in which no precipitation fell on the date - a record streak.

1990

Since records began, the high has reached 70°+ just three times on St. Patrick's Day - and two of those times occurred this year and last.  Today's high was 72° - ten degrees cooler than yesterday.  Rain moved in mid-afternoon and amounted to 0.67".

 

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1993

The 0.75" of precipitation that fell today was the most on St. Patrick's Day since 1972  (when 1.20" was measured).  Then rain changed to snow and 0.8" accumulated, the most snow to fall on the holiday since 1967's three inches (the most for the date).  This wintry mix came less than a week after the "Storm of the Century" dumped 10.4" on the City.  This would be the last measurable snowfall of the winter.

 

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1994

Today's high was just 37°, thirteen degrees colder than average and the fourth year in a row that was colder than the preceding St. Patrick's Day.

2004

Today's high of 31° (nineteen degrees colder than average) was the first time since 1967 that the high temperature stayed below freezing on St. Patrick's Day.  (By contrast, last year's St. Paddy's Day was 38 degrees warmer.)  In addition to the chill, 0.5" of snow fell, just the eleventh time measurable snow fell on the holiday (since 1869).  It came the day after a winter storm dumped 3.5" of snow on the City. 

2007

The morning low of 25° was the coldest reading on the holiday since 1994's 21°.   

2012

For the third year in a row the high temperature went above 60° on the holiday, the first time that happened on St. Patrick's Day in more than 20 years (since 1989 thru 1991).  It was also the fourth year in a row with above average temperatures, something that hadn't happened since the 1930s.

 

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A high of 38°/low of 29°, nine degrees colder than average, made this the chilliest St. Paddy's Day since 2007, when it was 38°/25°.

2014

Today was even colder than last year, with a high/low of 35°/23°, making it the coldest St. Patrick's Day in ten years.   A winter storm, which dumped 6" of snow on DC, stayed just to our south for the second time this month.

2018

Although today's high of 48° was close to average, the morning low was a nippy 27°.  This broke a twelve-day string of days that had lows that ranged from 30° to 33°.  It was also the first low colder than 30° in a month (since 2/17), the coldest since 2/13 (26°), and the coldest reading of March. 

2021

This was the 16th day in a row with no measurable precipitation, matching last year's longest dry streak in September; these were the longest dry spells since an 18-day streak in the fall of 2017.  Save

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Today in New York Weather History: March 16

 

1900

The day after a five-inch snowfall, today saw an onslaught of freezing rain.  0.89" of liquid precipitation fell in temperatures that were mostly at freezing or colder (the day's high/low was 33°/22°).

1911

Today's frigid high/low of 20°/13° made this the second coldest day of the winter.  Only 12/16 was colder (21°/11°).

1932

This was the tenth day in a row with low temperatures in the teens or twenties.  During this stretch of days lows averaged 21°, thirteen degrees below average.  Despite the chill during these ten days only 0.2" of snow fell, and that occurred today between 11 PM and midnight.

1935

The high temperature soared to 77° (twenty-nine degrees above average), the day after the high was just 43°.  It would be six weeks before a high warmer than today's occurred. 

1945

Beginning today, which had a high of 76°, the rest of March would be extraordinarily mild, with highs averaging 70°, eighteen degrees warmer than average.  Seven days would have highs in the 70s, with all of them at 74° or warmer (including three in the 80s).  Not surprisingly, these very mild conditions resulted in the mildest March on record (the first half of the month was four degrees above average).   

1969

Today's high of 50° was the mildest reading since Dec. 28.

1976

The last measurable snow of the winter, 0.2", fell between 9-11 PM.  This followed an all-day rain which amounted to 0.81".  The season's snowfall was 17.3", nine inches below average.

1978

Rain changed to snow during the afternoon, accumulating 1.8".  This brought the winter's snowfall above 50 inches, the most since the winter of 1966-67.  It was also the last measurable snowfall of the season.

 

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The morning low of 20° (fifteen degrees below average) was the coldest reading since Feb. 19, when it was 17°.

1990

Today's high of 82°, thirty-two degrees warmer than average, was the third record high in the past four days.

1999

This was the winter's last morning with a low temperature of 32° or colder, the earliest date for the last freeze since 1962 (when it occurred on 3/9).  This early date would be tied six years later.  (Average date for the last freezing temperature tends to be around March 31.)  

2004

Today's weather was a drastic change from yesterday's upper 50s as temperatures fell below freezing by late morning and then a late winter storm dumped 3.5" of snow on the City during the afternoon (up to seven inches fell in the suburbs).  The snow was blown around by winds gusting to 40 mph, which created extensive traffic problems.

 

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2007

An all-day onslaught of sleet and snow dumped 5.5" of icy precipitation, the biggest snow of the winter.  This storm somewhat resembled last month's severe sleet storm on Valentine's Day, but this one had considerably more snow.  The total amount of liquid precipitation was 2.07", a record for the date.  This was the last snowfall of the winter, a winter in which just 12.4" was measure, quite a contrast from the previous four winters, all of which had at least forty inches.

 

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2017

Today was 10 degrees colder than average and was the twentieth day of the past twenty-seven that were either 10 degrees+ colder or 10 degrees+ milder than average (eleven of these days were 15 degrees+ colder/milder).  Since eight days were below average and twelve above average they somewhat cancelled each other out, so the entire period was a somewhat deceptive 2.5 degrees above average.

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Today in New York Weather History: March 15

 

1896

Less than two weeks after a snowfall of ten inches on March 2, an even bigger snowstorm dumped a foot of snow.  It began early this afternoon, and by midnight 6.5" had accumulated; an additional 5.5" fell the next day through midday.  Then the snow changed to rain as the temperature rose into the mid-30s.  

1908

This was the last of five days in a row with very similar high temperatures, which were close to ten degrees above average: 53°-55°-54°-54°-55°. 

1932

Blustery and very cold, with a high/low of only 26°/16°, twenty-two degrees colder than average.  And winds from out of the northwest gusting to 25-30 mph produced wind chills in the single digits.  One week before the start of spring, today was colder than any other day of the winter.

 

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1960

Today was the first day of this exceptionally cold month (second coldest March of the 20th century) to have a high temperature above 40°.  Still, at 42°, this high was six degrees colder than average.

1979

The day after the high temperature reached 64°, today's afternoon temperatures were only in the upper 20s.

1986

The 0.06" of rain that fell just before sunrise was the first measurable precipitation on this date since 1975 (when just 0.01" fell).

1990

Similar to two days ago, a change in the wind direction produced a big swing in temperature.  After shifting from the chilly northeast to the balmy southwest, the temperature soared from 42° to 77°.  This was a record for the date, breaking the old record set just last year (69°).

 

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1993

Arctic cold moved in after the departure of the March Superstorm, and this morning's low of 14° was twenty-one degrees below average, and a record for the date.

1999

Beginning late last night, five inches of wet snow fell, the biggest snowfall of the winter.  The temperature got no lower than 32°, and made it up to 41° by afternoon.  This was the last snowfall of a winter in which just 12.7" fell.  By coincidence, last winter's biggest snow was also five inches and occurred around this time (March 22).

 

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2015

This was the first day since Jan. 23 to have no snow cover in Central Park, a streak of 50 days, the fourth longest streak on record.  (Last winter there was a streak of 39 days, and in 2011, one of 53 days.)   

2017

Today's high was only 26°, the coldest high temperature since Jan. 9.  This tied the 1932 record for the coldest high temperature for the date and was the fifth day this month with a high temperature of 32° or colder, all of which occurred in the past twelve days.  Winds gusted between 25 and 35 mph, producing wind chills in the single digits.

2019

Despite lightly overcast skies, the temperature rose into the 70s for the first time this year.   Although this was about three weeks later than the previous two years' first 70s (Feb. 24 in 2017, Feb. 21 last year) it was still about a week ahead of schedule.  Today's high of 75° was the warmest reading since Oct. 11.  (The following day the afternoon temperature was twenty-five degrees colder, down to what it should be in mid-March.)

 

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2021

Afternoon humidity fell to 12% during the afternoon, the lowest reported in Central Park since March 2016.  Additionally, dew points were extraordinary low, dropping below zero a few hours before daybreak and remaining sub-zero thru the wee hours of 3/16.  (And during the afternoon they were below -10°.)  Today was also the 14th day in a row with no measurable precipitation, the longest streak of dry weather since last June.

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Today in New York Weather History: March 14

 

1919

Today saw the winter's first snowfall of an inch or more as 1.3" accumulated in the early afternoon.  This was the latest date for the first snowfall of one inch or more until the winter of 1998, when it occurred on March 22.  Until today a total of 1.1" had fallen all winter from four snowfalls.  When today's snow was falling temperatures were only in the mid-20s.


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1956

It was a windy, raw and wet day.  The 1.02" of rain that fell, mostly between 4 AM and 1 PM, was a record for the date (which stood until 2017) - besting the old record from 1913 by 0.01". 

1975

The winter's last measurable snow fell this afternoon.  0.3" was measured, with much of the precipitation falling as sleet.  Just 13.1" fell all season, half of the amount of a typical winter (much of it fell during the snowstorm of 2/12, which brought 7.8".)

1990

One day after Central Park recorded its earliest 80-degree reading on record (the high reached 85°), the warm front that delivered this extraordinary warmth retreated southward.  Winds shifted to the northeast and by afternoon, under a bank of clouds and fog, temperatures tumbled into the mid-40s, forty degrees colder than yesterday.  The same warm front would then move north of the City on the 15th and temperatures would once again rebound into record territory (77° on the 15th, 82° on the 16th). 

 

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1997

Early in the morning, precipitation began as snow, sleet and freezing rain for a few hours before changing over to steady rain after 10 AM.  The rain continued for the rest of the day and, in total, one inch of precipitation was measured (0.02" shy of the record).  The snow that fell amounted to just 0.2", the last measurable snowfall of the winter.  Total snowfall for the winter was just 10.0", quite a contrast from the previous winter's record-setting 75.6".  This was the least amount of snow since the winter of 1988-89 when 8.1" was measured.

 

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2017

A much-touted blizzard was a bust as snow that began in the wee hours of the morning changed over to sleet, greatly reducing the 12"-18" that had been predicted.  (This brought to mind the blizzard that fizzled in late January 2015 and resulted in an apology from the National Weather Service.)  Although there was no blockbuster accumulation for the City, the 7.6" that fell set a record for the date, as did the day's daily precipitation record (1.97" was measured, nearly twice as much as the previous record).

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