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Today in New York Weather History: March 13

 

1888

A bit more snow (three inches) fell today from yesterday's blizzard, but what stood out today was the extreme cold (even by mid-winter standards), as the high/low was just 12°/6° - the second coldest day ever experienced in March (the high/low on March 5, 1872 was 10°/3°).  With gusty winds still prevalent, wind chills were below zero.  This was the fourth March in the 1872-1888 period to have two days with lows in the single digits; since then it's happened in only one other year (1916).  

1960

Today was the eleventh day in a row with a mean temperature that was 10 degrees or more below average.  (This would be the second coldest March of the 20th century.)

1978

For the first time since Feb. 5, no snow was on the ground in Central Park. 

1980

One last wintry day as sleet and slow lashed the area from 5 PM into the wee hours of 3/14, accumulating 4.6" (much of it today).  After a morning low of 23° the day's high of 33° was reached just before midnight.     

1983

The sun finally reappeared after nine straight days of gloomy, drizzly and foggy conditions.  During these days 3.72" of rain fell and there was little diurnal variation in temperature as lows were around 40° and highs in the mid-40s.

1984

A winter storm brought snow in the morning, freezing rain in the afternoon, and plain rain during the evening.  1.4" of snow/iced accumulated and 2.31" of liquid was measured, most of which fell after 4 PM.  The temperature rose from the mid-20s at at daybreak to the mid-30s by 10 PM.  This was the sixth day in a row with temperatures that were 10 degrees or more colder than average.  The average high/low during these days was 33°/18°, fourteen degrees below average.

1990

Winds shifted to the southwest, lifting the temperature from 43° to 85°, which was 37 degrees above average.  This was the earliest date for an 80-degree reading (breaking the previous record from 1945 by a week).

1993

The great March Superstorm (also referred to as "Storm of the Century") paralyzed the Eastern third of the nation and dumped 10.2" of snow on New York.  The heavy snow changed to sleet and rain later in the afternoon, reducing the predicted snow total by about four to six inches.  The sound of the sleet lashing against the windows of my apartment, propelled by 40-60 mph wind gusts, was deafening.  All told, 2.37" of liquid precipitation was measured.  For a first-person account of the storm click here(Photo taken near corner of 7th Ave. South and Bleecker St.)

 

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2001

0.74" of rain fell between 1-3:00 AM.  In total, 1.27" fell, most of it by 8 AM.  Temperatures were seasonable.

2003

The past twelve days were seven degrees colder than average.

2010

On the anniversary of the March Superstorm, another ferocious nor'easter dumped close to four inches of rain and was accompanied by 50-75 mph wind gusts.  The rainfall was the most in a 24-hour period in March since 1875.  Six persons were killed in the metro area by falling trees and hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power.

 

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2012

Today's high of 74° was twenty-six degrees above average and the warmest reading since Oct. 10 of last year.  This was the third 70-degree day in the past week.  At midnight the temperature was still at 67°. 

2013

Today was the fifth day in a row with temperatures in the 50s.  Although hardly an eye-popping occurrence (the average high during these days was just three degrees above average), it was the longest such streak in nearly four months (Nov. 20-24). 

2014

Between 3 PM yesterday and 7 AM this morning, the temperature plunged from 56° to 18°.  This surge of Arctic cold was accompanied by wind gusts of 35-50 mph, which produced below-zero wind chills.  Under clear skies today's afternoon temperature struggled to reach the mid-20s.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 8

 

1941

A fierce winter storm that began late last night brought heavy snow, sleet and high winds during the morning.  By 11 AM 18.1" of snow had piled up (15.7" of it fell today); the precipitation then changed to light drizzle in the afternoon (the day's high was 33°).  At the time this tied a snowstorm in January 1935 as New York's second greatest accumulation (it's now ranked tenth).

 

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1974

With a high/low of 69°/48°, today had the mildest mean temperature of the month, twenty-one degrees above average.  The month began very mild, with the first eight days of March averaging twelve degrees above average (in addition to today, two other days were twenty degrees or more above average).  The rest of the month would be two degrees below average.

 

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1987

Today's high was 76°, twenty-nine degrees above average, and a record for the date.

1994

Between Dec. 30 and today, a stretch of nearly ten weeks, there was at least one inch of snow on the ground in Central Park on all but three days.

1996

4.5" of snow fell, pushing the season's snowfall past seventy inches.

2005

An Arctic front and a rapidly developing nor'easter wreaked havoc during the afternoon and evening.  Accompanied by 40-50 mph winds, the temperature dropped like a rock, from 57° to 18°.  A burst of snow fell on top of a coating of ice that formed when rain-soaked pavements froze.  1.5" of snow fell in the City while many suburbs had 3-5 inches.  Besides making driving difficult, the icy surfaces made walking very challenging, especially with the howling winds.

 

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2012

Today's high of 71° was the first 70-degree day of the year, more than two weeks ahead of the norm for the "first-70" (1970-2010 period).  However, today's reading was five degrees below the record set 25 years earlier.

2013

After a day of "junk" snow yesterday, a snow-covered landscape greeted City dwellers when they awoke this morning.  Although the flakes were tiny, they fell at a moderate-to-heavy rate, and by early afternoon four inches had piled up.  It then began melting steadily as the temperature slowly rose into the upper 30s by evening, and stayed there overnight.  This snowfall came one month after the City's last measurable snow - 11.4" from the blizzard that buried New England with 2-3 feet of snow.

 

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2015

Yesterday's high was 11 degrees milder than the day before, and today was 11 degrees milder than yesterday.  Under mostly sunny skies, the high reached 49°, the mildest reading since Jan. 5. 

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A Glance Back at New York's Weather: March 6

 

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Since 1970 March 6 has been the average date of New York's last snowfall of one inch or more.  However, it's happened as early as Jan. 18 (2020), Jan. 19 (2002) and Jan. 21 (2012), and as late as April 9 (2000), April 7 (2003) and April 6 (1982).  Four years have had their last snow on March 29. 

 

1912

The first six days of March all had highs colder than 32° (and 2/29 had a high of 32°).  The average high during these days, at a time when highs are typically in the mid-40s, was 28°.  From Jan. 4 thru today, a period of nine weeks, 60% of the days had highs of 32° or colder.

1916

For the third year in a row (and the fifth time in the past six years), an inch or more of snow fell on this date.  The 7.6" that accumulated this year was the most; the other four years reported 6.9" in 1915; 2.9" in 1914; 1.0" in 1912; and 2.8" in 1911.  Today's snowfall was one of eleven days with measurable snow from March 2 thru 22.  In total 25.5" fell, making this the second snowiest March on record. 

1923

Snow began falling around 10 AM and continued light and steady (mixed with sleet and freezing rain after 4 PM) for the next 24 hours, accumulating 7.3".  This was the fourth snowfall of six inches or more in the past two months and the winter's tenth snowfall of three inches or more.  Besides the snow/ice, winds gusted to 30-35 mph and temperatures were very cold, with a high/low of only 25°/19°.

1962

One of the most intense nor'easters of the century, known as the Ash Wednesday Storm, raked the mid-Atlantic states (especially NJ and Delaware), but produced very little precipitation in New York  - just 0.05", 0.2" which was snow (the last snowfall of the winter).  However, the storm made itself known with winds that howled between 40 and 50 mph from mid-afternoon thru the morning of 3/7.  With temperatures in the mid-30s these high winds produced wind chills in the upper teens.

 

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1979

An all-day rain filled Central Park's rain gauge with 2.63", a record  amount for the date. Temperatures were well above average, with a high/low of 56°/49°.

1989

An Arctic front passed through in the wee hours of the morning, and 2.5" of snow fell during AM rush hour - just the second significant snowfall of the winter.  South Jersey and the Philadelphia metro area bore the brunt of the storm.  This would be the last snowfall of the winter.  Just 8.1" fell for the entire winter, about eighteen inches below average, and the least since 1972-73 when 2.8" was measured (the least ever).  Since then, four winters have had lesser amounts than the winter of 1989 (1998, 2002 and 2012 and 2020).  

 

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1997

Although it rained for eight of the past nine days, it amounted to only 1.05".  Today's rainfall was just 0.07", but it was accompanied by ferocious winds, with Central Park recording a gust of 52 mph (bringing to mind the Ash Wednesday nor'easter on the same date in 1962).

2001

For the past few days a monster snowstorm (which The Weather Channel labeled "The March Lion") had been forecast, with 12-18" predicted at one point.  However, it turned out to be a bust as only 3.5" fell (two inches yesterday, 1.5" today).  The reason for the letdown was that the storm developed further north than expected, sparing the City and New Jersey.  Long Island's Suffolk County, however, was walloped with 10-15" of snow.  The earlier forecast created a panic and many schools and businesses in the City were closed yesterday.

 

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2002

Today's high of 59° came one day after a morning low of 19°.

2007

Bitterly cold, with a high/low of just 21°/11°, twenty-three degrees colder than average.

2011

It was a good Sunday to stay indoors as rain began mid-morning and continued for the rest of the day.  Accompanied by lashing winds, rain fell heaviest between 4-11 PM when 1.30" came down; total for the day was 2.02".  Only four degrees separated the day's above average high and low (54°/50°).

 

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2013

A raw day with fierce winds under slate gray skies - but no precipitation fell.  Winds gusted between 40-55 mph.  This was part of a storm system to our south that brought heavy snow to the Midwest earlier in the week and was now producing significant accumulations in WV, MD and VA.

2014

Sunny and quite cold, with a high/low of 31°/16°.  This was the third day this month with a sub-freezing high, the most in the month of March since 1984, which had five.

 

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2015

Following yesterday's 7.5" snowstorm, conditions today felt like Aspen as skies were a deep blue and temperatures very cold, with a high/low of 27°/12°, twenty degrees below average.  For the past six weeks there was snow cover in Central Park, which grew to 19" after yesterday's snowfall.

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: March 2

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After Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, March 2 is the third most likely date to have had a snowfall of an inch or more (since 1869), with it occurring in eighteen years (it's happened nineteen times on 2/5 and 2/12 ).  The last time an inch+ fell on this date was in 2019.  The most to fall on 3/2 is 6.5" in 2009.

 

1891

The morning low of 9° was the coldest reading all winter.  This was similar to last year when the only reading in the single digits was in March (7° on 3/7).

 

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1986

Since Feb. 18, every day but one had a high between 37° and 40°.  The lows during these thirteen days, however, had a much wider range (from 18° to 36°).

1994

With today's four-inch snowfall (an additional inch fell the next day), New York's snowfall for the winter passed fifty inches, the most since the winter of 1977-78 (when 50.7" was measured).  Today's snow was the fifth that accumulated four inches or more this winter.

 

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1996

With today's snowfall of 4.6", Central Park set a new seasonal snowfall record, with 66.3" measured.  This surpassed the winter of 1947-48, when 63.2" fell (and included, at the time, New York's largest snowfall of all-time).  Even more distance would be created between this and the previous record by an additional ten inches of snow in the next four weeks.

2006

After today's 0.52" of precipitation (including 1.3" of snow), the rest of the month would receive only 0.28" more, making this the driest March on record. 

2007

2.41" of rain poured down in the morning, with the last drops over by 11 AM (with 2.03" falling between 1:00 and 8:00).  It was a record amount for the date.

2009

8.3" of snow fell from a quick-moving storm that moved in last night (when 1.8" fell), making it the largest accumulation of the winter - and the most in three years.  12-15" fell out on Long Island.  This was the last measurable snowfall of the winter.

 

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2018

The day after March came in like a lamb, a fierce nor'easter battered the area.  Throughout the day, the City was lashed by a wind-driven mix of rain and wet snow that amounted to 2.24" (0.38" of it fell last night).  And although Manhattan was spared gale force winds (peak gusts were around 35 mph), gusts of 50-70 mph were common at New York's three major airports, on Long Island, the Jersey shore, and southern New England.  Temperatures were mostly in the mid-to-upper 30s (with wind chills in the upper 20s).

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Today in New York Weather History: February 20

 

1912

Yesterday and today had the first back-to-back lows above 32° in eight weeks (since Dec. 26-27).

1918

After the day's high of 59° was reached at daybreak (the mildest reading in three months), Arctic air moved in and the temperature dropped to 18° by midnight (with a wind chill of zero degrees).  By 8 AM on the 21st the mercury bottomed out at 8°. 

1921

The winter's biggest snowfall amounted to 12.5".  Precipitation began shortly after midnight as rain, but quickly changed to snow after 1:00 AM and continued until early evening; it was a very wet snow, produced by 2.68" of liquid precipitation.  Winds gusted to 41 mph.  The temperature fell slowly through the day, from 35° to 22° (on the way to 14° by daybreak on the 21st).

1924

Beginning last night, a nor'easter dumped nearly five inches of heavy snow that continued into the wee hours of this morning; then it changed to sleet and then rain as the temperature rose into the mid-30s by late morning (precipitation ended around noon).  Winds gusted between 30-40 mph during the rainy part of the storm.  In total, 2.62" of precipitation was measured (2.21" of it fell today).

1927

Just two degrees separated today's very cold high/low of 25°/23°.  Skies were overcast with some very light snow in the air (0.4" accumulated).

1936

This morning's low of 9° was the twelfth, and last, low in the single digits or colder of the winter - the last winter with ten or more such frigid lows (thru the winter of 2021).  In total, there have been fourteen winters with ten or more days with lows of 10° or colder (with more than half concentrated between 1873 and 1888).

1943

Just five days after a morning low of 8° below zero (the third coldest temperature on record for Central Park) today's high reached 63° - the greatest rebound in temperature following a sub-zero reading.  This was the first of five consecutive days with highs in the 60s.

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1958

Today's high was 33° - the first day since Feb. 7 with a high above freezing.  The twelve days from Feb. 8 thru Feb. 19 had a high/low of 24°/13°, which was fifteen degrees colder than average.

1959

High temperatures of the past three days: 44° on 2/18, 33° yesterday and 22° today.

1964

This was the ninth day since 2/8 to have measurable snow.  The combined amount of 11.9" was comparable to the snowstorm on 1/12-13 that dumped 12.5".  Today's snowfall was just 0.4" and over by 4:00 AM.  It was part of a wet snowfall that began late on 2/18 and amounted to 6.8".

 

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1981

A rainstorm that began yesterday dropped 0.85" in the bucket last night and 1.77" today for a total of 2.62".  This was the biggest rainstorm in seven months.

1990

This was the fourth day of see-saw temperatures, with highs of: 58°-38°-56°-35° (today).

2005

The first measurable snow of the month fell today.  And over the next ten days three mini-snowstorms of five inches+ would pass through, dumping a total of 18.7" of snow.  The first storm moved in this evening after 9:00 PM, and by the time the snow ended at 10:00 AM on the 21st, five inches had accumulated.

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2007

Today was the 36th day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder, the longest such streak since one of 51 days in the winter of 1976-77.  (There would be one of 38 days during the winter of 2015.)

2015

The morning's frigid low of 2° above zero easily broke the previous record of 7° set in 1950.  This was the seventh day this winter with a low in the single digits and was the coldest reading since the winter of 2004 - and came just four days after a low of 3° had received that distinction.  With a high/low of 19°/2°, the day's mean temperature was 26 degrees below average.  Since 1960 there have been only three winter days more below average (all were 27 degrees below average, occurring in the winters of 1977, 1985 and 1994). 

 

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2016

After four near-misses on 1/10, 2/1, 2/2 and 2/4, when the highs reached 59°, today saw the year's first reading of 60°+.  Although this was two-and-a-half weeks later than the average date for this occurrence, it was far earlier than last year when it occurred on 3/26, (and on 3/11 the year before that).  Today's high was 62 degrees above the AM low of -1° six days ago (bringing to mind 1943's rebound on this very same date).

2017

This was the end of a sunny and mild Presidents Day weekend, which was the mildest on record (pushing ahead of 1994's).  The average high of 61° during the three days was 19 degrees above average.  With a high of 55°, today was the coolest of the three days (Saturday had a high of 63°, Sunday's was 65°).  This would have made for a nice Easter weekend.  These mild conditions were in stark contrast to the previous two Presidents Day weekends which were the second (2016) and third (2015) coldest on record.

 

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2018

Overcast skies in the morning gave way to sunshine by lunchtime, and the temperature soared to 67°, the warmest reading since Nov. 3.  This was the fourth day this month with a high in the 60s (all since 2/11), making this the third February in a row with four or more such days - a record streak.  This followed three Februarys in a row with no highs in the 60s.   

 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: February 19

 

1936

Although Jan. 23 had the coldest reading of the winter, at -3°, today, with a high/low of 18°/1°, had the coldest mean temperature (0.5 degree colder than 1/24, which had a high/low of 16°/4°.

1972

A nor'easter packing 40 mph winds brought the biggest snowfall of the winter, 5.7", but it was part of a sloppy mix of snow, sleet and rain so there was never more than two to three inches of snow on the ground at any given time.  Temperatures didn't fall below freezing until evening (after peaking at 37° in the early afternoon).  In total, 1.64" of precipitation was measured, with nearly half of the amount falling in the two-hour period between 7-9:00 AM. 

1979

A fast-moving snowstorm on Presidents' Day dumped 12.7" of snow between 4:00 AM and noon.  The storm's deepest snows fell in Virginia, DC, Maryland and Delaware, where 18" to 24" piled up.  Besides the snow, this was the fifteenth day of the past nineteen with a high temperature of 32° or colder.  Including today's snowfall, 20.1" of snow fell during these nineteen days.  (Another President's Day storm with even more snow would bury the region 24 years later.)

 

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1980

The morning low of 28° made this the 31st day in a row with a low at freezing or colder.  There have been only six streaks longer than this in the years since 1960 (the most recent was one of 38 days during the winter of 2015).

1996

Morning lows over the past four days were: 22°-21°-22°-21° (today) - eight degrees colder than average.  Today's high rebounded to 42°, marking the beginning of an extended thaw that would see temperatures average 14 degrees above average between Feb. 20-28.

1997

Today's high of 66° was a record for the date.  There would be two other records set, with even warmer highs, on 2/22 (69°) and 2/27 (72°). 

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Today's high/low was 32°/29°, with freezing rain between 1-3:00 AM (0.24" of liquid precipitation was measured).

2006

Today was the second coldest day of a mild winter as the high reached 30° after a low of 15°.  (The coldest day of the winter was back in mid-December).

2007

Thirteen of the past sixteen days had morning lows in the teens and eleven had highs at freezing or below.  Average high/low during these days was 30°/17°, ten degrees colder than normal.

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The 0.15" of rain that fell during the afternoon was the first precipitation to fall on this date since 2000.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: February 6

 

1908

Today's snowfall of eight inches came two weeks after a snowfall of ten inches.

1915

From Jan. 12 through today 10.62" of precipitation was measured (0.41" of rain fell today).  Nineteen days had measurable precipitation, ten of which had snow (with a total accumulation of 8.2").  This would be the wettest winter on record until the winter of 1978-79.

1920

For the third day in a row the City was lashed by snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain (although the temperature got no higher than 33°).  Like the previous two days, between five and six inches of snow and ice accumulated, bringing the storm's three-day total to 17 inches (an additional half inch would fall in the wee hours of 2/7).  1.40" of liquid precipitation fell today, bringing the three-day total in Central Park to 4.41".   

1970

Just two degrees separated today's high and low (35°/33°), something that occurs just once every two or three years.

1978

Less than three weeks after 13.6" of snow buried the City, an even bigger snowstorm struck.  Snow began before dawn and by midnight 15.5" had fallen in Central Park.  An additional 2.2" fell the next morning.  The snow, drifted by winds gusting between 30-40 mph, fell heaviest between 7PM-1AM, when it fell at a rate of more than an inch per hour.  This was the first winter in seventeen years to have two snowstorms of one foot or more.

 

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1980

For the fifth year in a row the high temperature on this date was colder than 32°: 31° (this year)-29°-27°-22°-24° (1976).

1983

Snow began in the afternoon and by the time it ended early the next day 3.9" had fallen (2.5" of it fell today).  This was the largest accumulation so far this winter (but would be easily topped in a less than a week by a crippling snowstorm).  

 

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1985

Including this morning's snowfall of 2.3", ten inches of snow fell since Feb. 2.

1993

Arctic air moved in early in the day, dropping the temperature from 46° to 10° by midnight (the high the day before was 56°).  1.9" of snow fell during the morning.

1995

With a high of 20°/low of 6°, today was the coldest day of the winter, 19 degrees below average.   

2008

Today's high of 68° broke the previous record by 10 degrees.

2010

It was a very frustrating day for New York snow lovers as a crippling snowstorm that dumped 20-30" in Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore and Philly stopped at our doorstep, bringing just a few flurries to Central Park.  (Staten Island picked up 3"-5".)  The culprit was a strong high pressure system over New England that blocked the storm from moving up the coast.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: February 5

Snowflakes2Going all the way back to 1869, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 are the two dates that have been most likely to have had a snowfall of one inch or more.  Through February 2021, it's happened in nineteen years, or once every eight years.  The last time it happened on Feb. 5 was in 2016 (when 2.5" of  snow fell).  The biggest snow to fall on this date was in 1920 when 5.9" accumulated .

 

 

1871

For the second day this winter the high was a frigid 11°.  The other occurrence was on 1/23.  Lows on these days were 2° and 0°, respectively. 

1920

The fierce snow and sleet storm that began yesterday continued unabated today.  Winds gusted to 44 mph in the pre-dawn hours and gusts of 25-35 mph lashed the area for the rest of the day.  Combined with temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the day, the wind chill was only in the single digits.  Much of the day's precipitation came in the form of sleet.  Like yesterday, close to half a foot of snow/ice accumulated while 1.31" of liquid precipitation was measured.  And the storm would continue through tomorrow.  

1975

2.7" of snow fell during the morning.  The temperature held steady at 33° from 10:00 AM today until 7:00 AM tomorrow.  

1977

This was the third year in a row to have a snowfall of 2 to 3 inches on this date.  2.8" fell this year, all of it before daybreak (two inches fell last year).  The day's temperature held steady between 31° and 32° until mid-afternoon when Arctic air moved in; by midnight the temperature had dropped to 13°.

1985

The biggest snowfall of the winter began this evening and continued through next morning, accumulating 5.7".  3.3" of the snow fell tonight.  (This came three days after a 4.3" snowfall.)  After this snowfall, just 0.2" fell for the rest of the winter.

1989

Today's high of 26° came just four days after a record high of 67°.

1991

Today's high of 70° was an incredible 31 degrees above average and the third day in a row with a record high (all which are still standing).  Yesterday's high was 68° and the day before that it was 64°.  This was the City's earliest 70-degree temperature since Jan. 26, 1950.  (Later passed in 2007 when the high reached 72° on Jan. 6.)

 

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1996

The morning low of was the coldest reading of the winter.  (Last winter the coldest temperature occurred on Feb. 6.)

1998

A cold rain that began yesterday evening continued thru this evening, amounting to 1.36" (1.07" which fell today).  Just two degrees separated today's high (36°) and low (34°).

2001

3.5" of sloppy, wet snow fell, with a high/low of 36°/32°.

2002

The morning low of 19° was the coldest reading of the winter, later tied on 3/5.  This was relatively mild for the coldest temperature; on average, a winter's coldest reading is 9°.

2007

Today's high/low of 18°/8° made this the coldest day of the winter - and of the past three years.

2009

Today's high/low of 23°/12° made this the coldest day of the month.  

2014

The fifth winter storm of the season punished the area with four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of sleet and freezing rain.  The precipitation fell heaviest between 1-6:00 AM and snarled the morning commute.  This storm brought the winter's snowfall to 40.3" - the seventh time in the past twelve winters that more than 40 inches of snow fell.

2016

Rain in the overnight hours changed to snow in the wee hours of the morning and accumulated 2.5" by the time it ended shortly before 11 AM.  This would be the biggest snowfall of the month.

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Today in New York Weather History: February 4

 

1876

Eleven inches of snow fell from a storm that began last night and continued into today, when most of the accumulation occurred.  This was by far the biggest snowfall of the winter as only 7.3" fell from eight other snowfalls.

1882

A snowfall of nine inches followed a snowfall of eight inches on Jan. 31.  (Eight of the nine inches fell today.)  Temperatures were quite cold, with a high/low of 22°/13°. 

1920

A nasty winter storm that would span 72 hours began this morning.  Temperatures fell from the low 30s, when precipitation began falling in the pre-dawn hours, into the mid-20s by lunchtime.  Northeasterly winds gusting to 40 mph after 10 PM produced wind chills in the single digits.  Close to a half-foot of snow fell, but much of the day's 1.70" of precipitation fell as sleet and freezing rain.  An additional 2.70" in precipitation, and another foot of snow, would fall in the following two days.

 

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1933

The 1.8" of snow that fell this afternoon and evening was the first measurable snowfall in seven weeks (since 7.2" fell on 12/17-18).  And with a high/low of 33°/28° today was the coldest day in three weeks. 

1947

After the mildest reading of the month was reached (50°), the coldest air of the winter moved in and by midnight the temperature had fallen to 17°, on its way down to 7° tomorrow morning.  Rain changed to snow, which accumulated 1.8". 

1961

The snowstorm that arrived yesterday evening, dumping six inches, continued through the morning and brought an additional 11.4".  Today's snow was heavy and wet, and driven by gale force winds.  This was the third major snowstorm of the winter, following 15.4" on Dec. 11-12 and 9.9" on Jan. 19-20.  However, those storms were characterized by very cold temperatures while this storm saw the temperature rise from the upper 20s to the mid-30s during the afternoon when snow changed to rain.  This was the second winter in a row to have two snowstorms of a foot or more accumulation.  

1975

Although it wasn't the coldest day of the winter (that would come six days from now), today had the coldest high temperature, 27°.

1978

With a high/low of 21°/10°, today was the coldest day of the winter, sixteen degrees colder than average.

1990

This was the 21st day in a row with above-average temperatures.  During this three-week period, temperatures were 11.5 degrees above normal (high/low of 49°/36°).  It was damp as well, with 4.58" of rain measured.

1995

Only 11.8" fell during the winter of 1995 and 10.8" of it fell today.  Wet snow fell furiously during the morning (close to three inches fell between 6-7:00 AM) before changing over to rain at around 9:00 AM.  Then the coldest air of the winter moved in overnight.

 

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2016

This was the third day of the past four to have a high temperature of 59° (19 degrees above average).  The high on each day, though, occurred at a different time of the day.  On Feb. 1 it was reached in the early afternoon, on the 3rd it happened at 9:30 PM and today it occurred just before daybreak.

2018

Nearly an inch of rain fell tonight, mostly between 5:00 and 11:00 PM.  This was the biggest rainstorm since the end of October when nearly three inches fell (the biggest rainstorm of 2017).

2019

After two days in January got very close to 60° (highs of 58° and 59°), today had the year's first high in the 60s (61°).  Coming just four days after a low of +2°, this was the fewest days between a reading colder than 10° and a high of 60°+ since January 1986, when there was three-day gap (low of 8° on 1/15 followed three days later by a high of 63°) -  but this year's jump in temperature was greater.  This was the second huge swing in temperature in the past week-and-a-half, as the temperature rose from 4° to 59° between 1/21 and 1/24.

 

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Memorable Nor'easters That Have Battered New York City

Clipart_fiercewindsSince 1980 March has been the peak month for strong nor'easters, but they've occurred throughout the year, even in June and July.  What follows is a review of more than two dozen that have made their mark, arranged in chronological order.  And although some of New York's big snowstorms may have been nor'easters they aren't included in this analysis.  Instead, you can read about them in my post "Snowstorms of New York City'.

 

1980

March 21 - A nor'easter battered the area with heavy rain and gale force winds.  2.21" fell, 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 50-story office tower I worked in at 800 3rd Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets) was swaying noticeably and closed mid-afternoon.    

 

1984

March 28-29 - A developing nor'easter brought a mix of snow and rain during the afternoon that continued through 3/29.  1.5" of snow fell on the 28th, but forecasts had predicted substantially more.  However, the temperatures were just a bit too warm to support a snowstorm (high/low was 43/34).  Thirty-nine consecutive hours of precipitation ended at midnight on 3/29, totaling 2.60" (2.04" of it fell on the 29th).  There was only a two-degree difference between the 3/29's high/low (36/34).  Although 3.3" of snow fell during the storm, it was washed away by regular changeovers to rain. 

 

1991

October 31 - An intense nor'easter (made famous by Sebastian Junger's book The Perfect Storm) brought gusty 30-40 mph winds but stayed far enough off the coast that NYC received just a a trace of rain. 

 

1992

December 11 - A vicious nor'easter pounded NYC this Friday a.m. with 50-75 mph winds (Central Park had a 64 mph gust) and heavy rain (2.41", a record for the date).  The high winds created a storm surge that flooded New Jersey's PATH stations and pushed the East River up over parts of the FDR Drive during morning rush hour.  The winds also caused elevators to malfunction in some office towers and high rise apartment buildings.

 

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1996

October 19 - A nor'easter dumped 4.35" of rain, forcing postponement of Game 1 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium between the Braves and Yankees.  Half of the rain came down between 2-5PM with 1.07" falling in the hour between 3-4:00.  Not surprisingly, this was a record rainfall for the date.

 

1997

March 31 - A nor'easter with 30-45 mph wind gusts dumped 2.32" of rain in New York and record amounts of snow in New England on the following day (25" in Boston, 18" in Providence).  A few days earlier NYC had been warned of the potential for significant snow accumulation as well, but too much mild air moved in.   

July 24 - An out-of-season nor'easter dumped 3.75" of rain, the rainiest 24-hour period on record for the month of July.  (Rain that fell after midnight brought the storm's total rainfall to 4.62".)  Rain was heaviest between 7:21-8:21PM when 0.94" fell.  With winds out of the east/northeast it was also a very cool day; the high of 68/low of 58 was fifteen degrees below average.

 

2000

June 6 - A rare June nor'easter dumped 2.62" of rain, with 1.10" of it falling between 6:30-9:30AM.

 

2001

March 6 - For the past few days a monster snowstorm (which The Weather Channel labeled "The March Lion") had been forecast with 12-18" predicted at one point.  However, it was a bust as only 3.5" fell (2 inches yesterday, 1.5 inches today).  The storm developed further north than was expected, sparing the City and NJ.  Long Island's Suffolk County, however, was walloped with 10-15" of snow.  The earlier forecast created a panic and many schools and businesses in the City closed yesterday.

March 30 - It was a nasty morning as wind and rain from a nor'easter lashed the area.  Moving in last night, 2.16" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  Central Park reported a wind gust of 49 mph.  It was also cold, with a high/low of only 43/37.

 

2005

March 8 - An Arctic front combined with a rapidly developing nor'easter wreaked havoc during the afternoon and evening.  Accompanied by 40-50 mph winds, the temperature dropped like a rock, from 57° to 18°.  A burst of snow fell on top of a coating of ice formed when rain-soaked pavements froze.  1.5" of snow fell in NYC while many suburbs had 3-5 inches.  Besides making driving difficult, the icy surfaces made walking very challenging, especially with the howling winds. 

 

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October 28 - A nor'easter that moved in last night dumped 2.54" by the time it exited around 1:00 this afternoon.  Shortly before the last raindrops fell a final rain band dumped 0.33" in a 5-minute period between 12:32-12:37 PM.

 

2007

April 15 - An intense nor'easter that struck on this Sunday dumped 7.57" of rain, the second greatest 24-hour rainfall in NYC history.  Three inches fell between noon-4PM (including 1.19" in one one-hour period); another period of torrential rain dumped an additional 1.70" between 9-11PM.  In between these two periods of torrential rain there was a period of calm, even a bit of clearing,somewhat resembling the eye of a hurricane.  An additional 0.84" fell overnight thru noon on Monday. 

 

2010

March 13 - On the anniversary of the March Superstorm another ferocious nor'easter dumped close to four inches of rain and was accompanied by 50-75 mph wind gusts.  The rainfall was the most ever measured in a 24-hour period in March.  Six persons were killed in the metro area by falling trees and hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power.

March 30 - The second strong nor'easter in little more than two weeks buffeted the area.  Like the previous one this storm also produced more than four inches of rain.  Beginning late on 3/28 (when 0.34" fell) it continued through this afternoon.  After 1.58" of rain yesterday, an additional 2.45" fell today (a record for the date, breaking the previous record from the nor'easter of 2001).  With today's rainfall the month's total precipitation reached 10.68", making this the wettest March on record.  

 

2011

October 29 - An intense nor'easter lashed the area with high winds and outrageously early snowfall.  The 2.9" of heavy, wet snow that was measured in Central Park was the most to ever fall in October (5.2" fell in Newark and over a foot buried northern NJ, parts of NY state, CT, western MA and NH).  Since the temperature never fell below freezing there was mostly just slushy accumulation on City streets.  However, the day's low of 33°, which occurred in the early afternoon, was the coldest reading in October since 1988.  Total liquid precipitation from the storm was two inches.  Remarkably, the next measurable snow wouldn't be for another twelve more weeks (4.3" on January 21, 2012).  

 

2012

April 22-23 - A steady light rain during the daytime hours turned heavy after dark and was whipped around by gale force winds as a powerful nor'easter made itself known.  The brunt of the storm was felt from 8:00-midnight, with conditions greatly improved by 2AM.  The 2.89" of rain that was measured in Central Park was greater than the paltry rainfall of the previous nine weeks.  Of the storm's total, 2.45" fell on the 22nd and was a record for the date.

 

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2013

January 31 - A ferocious rainstorm swept through the metro area overnight, with wind gusts of 45-60 mph common throughout the region.  Besides wind and rain, very mild air surged ahead of the cold front that fueled this storm, pushing the temperature up to 61° shortly before 2:30 AM.  Although the worst of the storm had moved out by 7AM, high winds continued for the rest of the day, and by evening the temperature had fallen by 25 degrees.  The 0.94" of rain that fell in Central Park was the same amount that fell during Superstorm Sandy back on Oct. 29-30 (but over considerably fewer hours).

November 26-27 - The 2.49" of rain that poured down from a nor'easter that moved in last night (when 0.51" of the storm's total fell) was more rain than what fell in the previous 11 weeks (since 9/12).  Winds gusted between 30 and 40 mph.  The high temperature of 62° occurred shortly after daybreak and fell steadily throughout the day.  This storm lashed the area on the day before Thanksgiving.

 

2014

April 30 - Until this year April 30 was one of three dates that had never seen an inch of rain.  That more than ended today as nearly five inches flooded the area, with more than half of it falling after 6PM.  The 4.97" that fell was the ninth greatest daily rainfall on record.  Besides the rain it was also a very raw day with temperatures only in the 40s. 

December 9 - A strong nor'easter lashed the City, beginning a few hours before daybreak and continuing thru mid-afternoon.  It produced 2.54" of rain, a record for the date; winds gusted between 30-40 mph (and 45-55 mph on Long Island).  This storm brought to mind the big nor'easter of Dec. 11, 1992 (which also produced a record amount of rain for the date).  However, today's wasn't quite as powerful or disruptive.

 

2017

January 23-24 - A nor'easter brought winds that gusted between 33-47 mph throughout 1/23, but steady, wind-lashed rain didn't move in until late in the afternoon.  By midnight 1.16" had fallen - and an additional 1.18" fell the next day.  It was a cold rain, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s; the high winds produced wind chills in the 20s.  This storm struck on the one-year anniversary of the blizzard that produced New York's greatest snowfall of all time (27.5").  Interestingly, the 2.34" of rain that fell from this year's storm was 0.02" more than the amount of liquid precipitation from last winter's blizzard. 

October 29 - On the five-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy flooding the metro area, an intense nor'easter lashed the area with gusty winds and an all-day rain that amounted to 3.03" (and an additional 0.25" fell after midnight).  This was more rain than fell in the past 60 days, and the biggest rainstorm of the year, passing the rainstorm of 5/2 by 0.01". 

 

2018

March 2 - The day after March came in "like a lamb", a fierce nor'easter battered the area.  Throughout the day the City was lashed by a wind-driven mix of rain and wet snow that amounted to 2.24" (0.38" of it fell last night).  And although Manhattan was spared gale force winds (the peak gust was 34 mph), gusts of 50-70 mph were common at the three major airports as well as on Long Island, along the Jersey shore, and southern New England.  For much of the storm temperatures were in the mid-to-upper 30s and wind chills in the upper 20s.

 

2019

October 16 - A nor'easter lashed the area from mid-afternoon until about 11:00 PM, dumping 1.83" of rain (much of it between 6-9 PM); howling winds gusted between 30-40 mph at Central Park (and 50-60 mph gusts were clocked elsewhere).  Today's rainfall total was greater than the amount that fell in the previous six weeks.  It was also the biggest daily rainfall of the year, besting 7/17's amount by 0.01".  However, this wasn't the year's greatest storm total as two storm systems in July, each encompassing two calendar dates, dropped more than two inches (2.33" on 7/17-18 and 2.19" on 7/22-23).

 

 

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