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Today in New York Weather History: Halloween (October 31)

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1933

Today's high of 76° was the warmest reading since 10/1 and occurred less than a week after there were two days with morning lows of 32°.

1946

Today's weather was an absolute treat as the temperature soared to a record 81°.  This followed yesterday's record high of 82°.

1947

Today's chilly high of 47° was the first day this month with a high below 60°.  Ironically, 10/1 had the month's first, and only, low in the 30s (today's low was 44°).

1956

2.41" of rain fell, making this the rainiest Halloween on record (3.30" rain was measured at LaGuardia Airport).  And although the bulk of the rain occurred between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, when 1.74" was measured, rain was still falling in the evening hours (0.33" was measured between 7-11 PM).  Until today October had received just 1.20" of rain.

1972

Partly cloudy and chilly with a high/low of 48°/35°, eleven degrees below average.  When the kiddies were out at 7:00 PM ringing doorbells and collecting their treats the temperature was a brisk 42°.  This was an appropriate end to the most below average October (-4.8°) since 1925.

1974

A very chilly October (4.6° below average) ended on a mild note with a high/low of 70°/60°, 11 degrees above average.  This was the only day with a low of 60° or milder.  At peak trick-or-treat time (7:00 PM) the temperature was still a pleasant 66°.

 

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1975

Sunny and cold, with a high of 50°/31°, eleven degrees below average.  When trick-or-treaters were out and about the temperature was a nippy 43°.  The morning low was the first temperature of 32° or colder this fall, a few weeks earlier than usual.

1984

Temperatures during the past two weeks were 10 degrees above average.  Half of the days had highs in the 70s, including today which topped out at 72° (average high is around 60) .

1988

This morning's low of 31° was the earliest sub-freezing reading since 1976.  And it matched the 31° low of Halloween 1975.

1989

A rainy Halloween.  Over a 12-hour period (11:00 AM-11:00 PM), 0.89" fell.  On the positive side, it was the sixth day in a row with temperatures ten degrees or more above average. Today's rain was the first to fall on this date since 1976.

1991

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

 

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1993

Rain that began yesterday morning continued thru 11:00 tonight.  During this day-and-a-half of inclement weather, 1.68" of rain fell, 0.71" of which fell today.  For the entire event the rain came down hardest during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade as 0.25" fell between 8-9 PM.

1994

Today's high of 73° made this the warmest Halloween since 1961 (when the high reached 76°).

2007

This October tied October 1947 as the mildest on record, a whopping seven degrees above average.  And today was one of the twenty-five days this month with above-average temps (high/low of 64°/49°, +five degrees).

2009

It was a very mild day (high of 71°) but light rain began falling just as the Greenwich Village Halloween parade was getting underway.  Although just 0.17" fell over five hours, this was the first rain to fall on Halloween night in 14 years.    

2012

In 2011 many of New York's suburbs postponed or cancelled trick-or-treating because of power outages caused by an unprecedented snowstorm two days earlier.  This year, most Halloween festivities were once again cancelled, this time due to power outages caused by superstorm Sandy which struck two days earlier.  And for the first time in its 39-year history Greenwich Village's Halloween parade was cancelled.  The day itself was chilly and mostly overcast, with a high of 50°. 

 

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2013

The 0.06" of rain that fell from showers during lunchtime and after 11 PM was just enough to keep this month from becoming one of the ten driest on record.  With 0.36", October 2013 ranked twelfth and was the driest month since August 1995 (when 0.18" was measured).

2017

As the warmest October on record came to a close, today had the chilliest high temperature of the month.  But at 57° it was only two degrees chillier than average.  And it was a beautiful day with clear skies. 

2019

It was a very mild day, with the warmest readings occurring after dark.  The day's high of 71°  didn't occur until close to midnight.  This was the mildest reading since 10/14 and the mildest reading on Halloween in ten years (another high of 71°).  Besides being so mild (the low was 60°) it was also uncomfortably humid, with the dew point in the mid-60s and humidity in the 85-90% range.  Luckily for trick-or-treaters, showers that produced 0.54" of rain were over by noon.  (Also, a strong cold front that triggered some violent storms didn't reach the City until after midnight.) 

2020

This morning's low was a frosty 32°, the first reading of freezing or colder in October since 1988 (which also occurred on Halloween).  This was three weeks earlier than the average date of the first low of 32° or below.  And it was the coldest reading this year since March 1 (when the low was 25°). 

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Today in New York Weather History: October 30

 

1925

At the time, today's high of 38° was the earliest date for a maximum daily temperature in the 30s (later topped by Oct. 26, 1962).  And 0.8" of snow fell (an amount that wouldn't be topped until 1/9 when 2.3" fell).  The next day's low of 29° was also a record, and the third day in a row with a low colder than 32°.  And tomorrow would be the fourth day in a row with a low of 32° or colder (but it wasn't a record).

 

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1989

For the sixth day in a row the area basked in temperatures in the 70s.  This stretch of days, which included four with highs of 76+, averaged 15 degrees above average.

 

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1992

The 0.01" of rain that fell between 11 PM and midnight was the first measurable rain to fall on this date since 1976.  (It should be noted that the National Weather Service uses Standard Local Time year-round for its records, but this rainfall actually fell between midnight and 1AM  on 10/31 based on Daylight Saving Time, which was still in effect on this date.)

1994

Today's high of 75°, fifteen degrees above average, was the warmest reading of the month and the mildest reading in five weeks.

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Today in New York Weather History: October 29

 

1929 

Wall Street's "Black Tuesday", which presaged the Great Depression, was partly cloudy and chilly with a high/low of 49°/37°, about ten degrees below average.

 

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1971

One day after a high of 77°, today's reached 78°, a record for the date (and 19 degrees above average).  This was the mildest reading since Sept. 16. 

1973

A heavy, all-day rain amounted to 3.67", a record for the date.  Up until today just 0.03" had fallen in October (and it fell twenty-seven days earlier).

1989

Today and the past three days had unseasonably warm high temperatures that were very similar: 77°-76°-77°-76° (today).

2000

Although it was just 0.01", the rain that fell today was the first on this date since 1984 (when just 0.02" fell).

2003

Until yesterday it had been a dry month, with just 1.26" of rainfall measured.  Then 3.62" fell in the past three days, including 1.63" that fell today.

2011

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 ever to fall in October (5.2" fell in Newark and over a foot buried northern NJ, parts of the Hudson valley, Connecticut, western Massachusetts and New Hampshire).  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 weeks (when 4.3" fell on Jan. 21, 2012).

 

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2012

Unbelievably, an even more devastating storm than last year's nor'easter - hurricane/nor'easter Sandy - struck between noon and midnight.  And it more than lived up to its hype.  Although rain wasn't the issue (less than an inch fell), its 60-80 mph wind gusts and record storm surge wreaked havoc on New York's transportation system and power grid.  Not only did the storm surge strike at high tide, but also during a full moon, resulting in flooding never before experienced in Manhattan.  

 

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2017

On the five-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy, an intense nor'easter lashed the area with gusty winds and an all-day rain that amounted to 3.03".  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".   

2020

The remnants of hurricane Zeta (which struck the Gulf Coast last night) combined with the energy from a winter storm that struck the southern Rockies and Plains earlier in the week, resulting in rainy and raw conditions in the Mid-Atlantic states.  Rain began here around 7 AM and continued until mid-day on the 30th.  1.53" fell today, 0.64" the next morning.  The rain fell heaviest from 10 AM until 3 PM today, with nearly an inch measured.  After the rain became lighter gusty winds of 25-30 mph moved in. 

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Today in New York Weather History: October 28

 

1919

Today's high of 83° was a record, and 24 degrees warmer than average.  However, a strong cold front moved through later in the day, dropping the temperature to 48° shortly before midnight (which was the average low for the date).

1947

Today was the tenth day since 10/14 with a high of 77° or warmer.  (Typical highs during the second half of October are in the 60°-64° range.)  Not only was it unseasonably warm but dry as just 0.01" of rain fell during this fifteen-day period.  Not surprisingly, this would become the mildest October on record (later tied in 2007) - which, ironically, began with a record low.   

1963

Today's 0.10" rainfall (during the morning and afternoon) made this the rainiest day of the month, a month that would be the second driest on record (behind June 1949, which had 0.02").  Only one other day this month had rain and it was more than three weeks ago, when 0.04" fell on Oct. 3.  

1973

Today was the 26th day in a row with no measurable precipitation, the longest dry spell since before 1960 - and it wouldn't be topped until June 1999.  Furthermore, from Sept. 15 thru today, a total 44 days, just 0.91" of rain fell.  Not only was this the longest streak with less than an inch of rainfall since a 45-day streak in Jan/Feb 1968, it exceeded by two days a streak of 42 days that ended on Sept. 13 of this year.  

1976

For the second morning in a row the low was 29°.  Today's low was a record.  This was also the end of a 12-day period in which temperatures averaged 10 degrees below average.  This streak was instrumental in making this October the coldest since 1925. 

1984

On the day of the NYC Marathon, the City basked in a balmy 79° degrees, the warmest reading of the month.  (In a case of flip-flop, the month's chilliest reading occurred at the beginning of the month.)  Later tonight heavy rain fell between 11 PM and 1AM, with 0.28" of rain fell during a five-minute downpour (11:45-11:50 PM) and 0.88" overall.

 

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1986

It was a gloriously sunny and and mild day (high of 68°), perfect for the ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan celebrating the Mets World Series championship the over the Red Sox.  The sunny skies were particularly welcome after being preceded by three damp and gloomy days.

 

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1989

Today's high of 77° tied 10/26 as the warmest temperature of the month.  This was also the sixth day in a row with highs in the 70s.

1995

1.21" of rain fell in the morning, the fourth rainfall this month that exceeded one inch.  Each storm occurred about a week apart and produced a total of 7.13".  0.86" of today's rain poured down between 5-6 AM.

2006

A nor'easter that moved in last night dumped 2.54" by the time it exited around 2:00 this afternoon.  Shortly before the last raindrops fell a final rain band dumped 0.33" in a five-minute period between 1:32-1:37 PM.

 

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Two inches of rain fell, with the greatest amount (0.87") falling between 10 AM-noon.  Besides the rain it was also unseasonably chilly, with a high of only 47° and a low of 39°. 

2009

1.29" of rain fell thru mid-afternoon, making this the third year of the past four to receive more than an inch of rain on this date.

2012

The entire Mid-Atlantic region was feverishly preparing for the worst as hurricane Sandy approached.  For the second time in 14 months New York City's entire transit system was shut down (the first time was for hurricane Irene).  To add insult to injury, today was the sixth day in a row with overcast skies.        

 

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2015

Showers and downpours that fell throughout the day amounted to 1.40".  Today's rain accompanied a warm front that pushed temperatures into the upper 60s by nightfall (the day's high was 69°, at around midnight).  More than an inch of rain also fell in the three previous years rain fell on this date (in 2009, 2008 and 2006). 

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Today in New York Weather History: October 27

 

1908

For the fourth day in row lows were in the mid-to-upper 60s, about twenty degrees above average and warmer than the typical high during this time of year (61°).  Two of the days had record-high lows which are still standing (69° on the 25th, 66° on the 27th).

1936

The morning low of 28° was the coldest temperature ever recorded in October (a record that still stands).  And for ten consecutive hours the temperature was 32° or colder (from midnight thru 10 AM).  Under clear skies the afternoon high struggled to get to 43°, producing a daily mean temperature that was 16 degrees below average.

 

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1963

Today's high was a record 82° and followed three days that had highs in the upper 70s.  The average high during these four days was 18 degrees above average.  Today was the seventh day this month with a high in the 80s and the sixteenth day with a high of 75° or warmer.

1977

Today's high of 70° was the mildest reading this month (it also occurred on 10/1 and 10/22), making it the coolest maximum temperature in October of any of the years since 1900 (thru 2020).

1978

The 0.19" of rain that fell, mostly between 1-2 AM, was the first rain to fall on this date since 1959 (when 0.19" also fell).

1987

1.82" of rain fell tonight between 7 PM and 2 AM.  As the rain wound down, one last heavy band delivered 0.63" between 11 PM-midnight (it actually took place between midnight-1AM but the National Weather Service doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time in its record keeping).  It was a record rainfall for the date, later broken in 2003 when 1.88" fell.

 

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1991

Although skies were mostly cloudy the high reached 75°, fifteen degrees above average.  This was the sixth day in a row with a high in the 70s.

1997

The 0.36" of rain that fell during the morning was the last rainfall this month and brought October's total to 2.10" - the same amount that was measured in September.  This was the fifth time for this type of phenomenon, joining May/June 1917; Nov/Dec 1945; Dec. 1980/Jan. 1981; and June/July 1985.  (And there have been nine instances of back-to-back months being 0.01" apart.)

2010

After a very mild low of 65° (nineteen degrees above average), the afternoon temperature hit a balmy 75°, making this the warmest day of the month.  Showers fell in the pre-dawn hours and in the middle of the afternoon, amounting to 0.19" - the fifth year in a row that rain fell on this date.

2019

For the third time in the past four years more than an inch of rain fell on this date.  This year it amounted to 1.38"; in 2018 1.27" was measured and in 2016 1.41" fell.  Most of this year's rain fell between 10 AM and 1 PM.

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Today in New York Weather History: October 26

 

1872

The center of circulation from a dissipating hurricane got very close to New York as it moved northeastward, dropping 1.56" of rain.

1943

A nor'easter dumped 3.40" of rain, the biggest rain producer of the year and a record for the date (which still stands).  Rain fell throughout the day, but it came down heaviest after 5 PM, with two periods of torrential rain between 5-6 PM, when 0.72" fell, and between 11 PM-midnight, when 1.05" was measured (in reality, this rain fell from midnight-1 AM on the 27th, but since the the National Weather Service uses Standard Time all year round it was credited to 10/26 rather than 10/27).  There was a peak wind gust of 41 mph.

 

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1962

Periods of cold rain accompanied winter-like temperatures as the high/low was just 39°/34°.  This high was 21 degrees below average - and it was the earliest date on record for a high in the 30s.  In addition to rain in the morning and afternoon showers (amounting to 0.32"), a trace of snow was also reported.

1964

Today's high of 78° tied the record set just one year ago and came two days after a low of 33°.  Skies were clear.

1979

After a scorching high of 88° on Oct. 22 (27 degrees above average), afternoon highs took a steady tumble over the next four days: 88°-78°-67°-57°-50° (today).

1980

Conditions for this year's NYC Marathon couldn't have been more different from last year, when temperature rose to 80° and skies were sunny.  This year runners had to contend with temperatures in the 40s throughout the day and winds gusting between 25-40 mph.

1986

A steady light rain during the daylight hours (amounting to 0.64") forced postponement of Sunday's Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium.  This followed the incredible comeback by the Mets last night in Game 6 when a ground ball went through the legs of Red Sox 1st baseman Bill Buckner in extra innings, giving the Mets an improbable win.

 

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1991

High temperatures over the past five days were well above average, and very similar: 72°-72°-71°-70°-71° (today).

1997

It was a chilly day (high/low of 50°/38°, ten degrees below average), with rain moving in after 5 PM.  The 0.36" that fell thru midnight was the first rain on this date in 11 years. 

2011

After the three previous days had morning lows of 50°, the streak was broken today - with a low of 51°.

2019

Although it was just 0.01" this was the first measurable rain to fall on this date since 2007.  (Earlier this month a 17-year rain-free streak on 10/6 ended with another rainfall of 0.01".)

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Today in New York Weather History: October 25

 

1980

1.76" of rain fell today, with 1.15" of it falling between 10AM-1PM.

1991

Today's high temperature and those of the past two days: 72°-71°-70° (today) - well above the average high of 61°.

2005

In less than three weeks (Oct. 8-25) nearly 17 inches of rain fell, making this the wettest October on record (and, at the time, the second rainiest month overall; it's since dropped to third).  During these two-and-a-half weeks of deluges, seven days received an inch or more of rain.  In stark contrast, September had just 0.48" of rain, making it the driest September since 1963.

 

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2007

Today's high was 57°, the first day this autumn with a high temperature below 60° - the latest date for this occurrence in the 1970-2020 period (average date is Oct. 7).

2008

Mostly light rain fell between 4-9 PM, but then 0.62" fell in the hour between 9-10 PM.

2011

This was the third day in a row with a morning low of 50°.  Although the high temperatures on these days weren't identical, they were somewhat similar: 59°, 61° and 62°.

 

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New York City Marathon Weather Highlights (1970 - 2020)

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The New York City Marathon is one of the highlights of autumn in New York.  On Marathon Sunday the day's high/low has averaged 62/47, with the temperature at the start of the race typically in the low 50s.  Temperatures have warmed into the upper 60s or higher during fifteen of the races, and they've been in the cold low 40s or colder at start time in half a dozen years.  (Many runners consider temperatures in the 45°-55° range optimal.)  Rain has rarely been a factor as it's fallen during the race only five times - the last time was in 2017 (but it was a light mist that amounted to just 0.01") 

 

The average temperature on race day masks a difference between earlier and more recent races.  During the race's first 25 years the average high/low was 65/51, but since 1995 temperatures have been considerably cooler, averaging 56/43.  This is largely due to the fact that early races were held in September and October; now they're run in the first week of November.  What follows are weather highlights of past races:   

 

  • 1970 (Sept. 13) - The first New York City Marathon took place under sunny skies and warm temperatures.  Although the morning low was a refreshing 58°, when the race got underway the temperature had risen into the low 70s.  During the afternoon it warmed to 80°, which was a few degrees above average.
  • 1974 (Sept. 29) - This was the first Marathon to see rain as thundershowers produced 0.32" of rain between 2-3:00 PM and 0.10" between 4-5:00 PM.  It was also a warm day, with a start-time temperature of 74°.
  • 1975 (Sept. 28) - Runners breathed a sigh of relief as the City dried out from a string of rainy days that produced 8.50" of rain over eight consecutive days, ending Friday.  This included an unprecedented four days in row in which more than an inch of rain fell.  Today, however, was sunny with near seasonable temperatures (high/low of 69°/57°). 
  • 1976 (Oct. 24) - A raw, gray and damp day.  When the race started the temperature was in the upper 40s and light showers moved in after 2:00 PM.  This was the first race to go through each of NYC's five boroughs - and the first time the race was held in late October.

 

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  • 1977 (Oct. 23) - A cold front moved through during the early afternoon, dropping the temperature from 56° at 1 PM to 44° at 4 PM.
  • 1979 (Oct. 21) - This was the marathon run in the warmest conditions, with temperatures in the 70s throughout and topping off at 80°, twenty-three degrees above average.  (At least it was cooler than the next day when the afternoon high soared to 88°.)
  • 1980 (Oct. 26) - Quite a contrast from last year's race.  Although it wasn't rainy like yesterday morning, when 1.76" fell, runners had to contend with temperatures in the 40s and winds that gusted between 25-40 mph.
  • 1983 (Oct. 23) - Rain moved in shortly before noon and 0.69" had fallen by 6:00 PM (and continued through the night).

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  • 1984 (Oct. 28) - With a high/low of 79°/62°, today was the warmest day of October and one of the warmest Marathon Sundays on record.  Besides the warm temperatures it was also on the humid side.
  • 1990 (Nov. 4) - Following a Saturday that had an unseasonably warm high of 78°, today was also very mild, with a high/low of 73°/58° - fifteen degrees above average.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  
  • 1992 (Nov. 1) - With a high/low of 51°/40°, seven degrees below average, today was the chilliest Marathon Sunday in ten years.  It was also breezy, with winds coming off the ocean. 
  • 1993 (Nov. 14) - Although this was the latest date of any Marathon, the day was very mild, with a high/low of 72°/54° - 15 degrees warmer than average.  (The following day the high soared to 80°.)
  • 1994 (Nov. 6) - Although just 0.01" of rain fell, it came just as the winner of the mens' race, German Silva of Mexico, was running his last mile.
  • 1995 (Nov. 12) - This was the race with the coldest conditions as the temperature at race time was 40° and only went up a few degrees as the race went on.  Winds gusting between 30-45 mph produced wind chills in the upper 20s.
  • 1997 (Nov. 2) - A hard rain fell between 1:30-2:30 PM, amounting to 0.52".  This was the last time rain fell during the race until 2017 (but only 0.01" was measured).
  • 2003 (Nov. 2) - Today's high of 68° made this the race with the mildest temperature since the 1994 Marathon.  But although today's high was ten degrees above average, it was considerably cooler than yesterday's and tomorrow's respective highs of 77° and 79°.

 

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  • 2005 (Nov. 6) - This was the third year in a row in which temperatures rose into the upper 60s (ten degrees above average).  Temperatures wouldn't rise into the 60s on race day for another ten years. 
  • 2010 (Nov. 7) - The morning low was 36°, six degrees colder than average.  Only three race days have started out chillier.
  • 2011 (Nov. 6) - One week after a record-breaking early season snowstorm (2.9" fell), conditions were perfect for the race, with bright blue skies and temperatures in the optimal 45°-55° range.

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  • 2012 (Nov. 4) - Controversy arose over this year's race as a result of it falling a week after Hurricane Sandy struck the region.  It was finally cancelled two days before race day.  If it had been held runners would have experienced weather similar to the previous two years with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s.
  • 2013 (Nov. 3) - Sunny and brisk with temperatures steady in the upper 40s throughout the race (10 AM thru 4 PM).
  • 2014 (Nov. 2) - Runners were buffeted by high winds, with gusts of 30-45 mph, depending on the neighborhood they were running through.  These winds resulted in the slowest times for the winners since the 1984 event (when conditions were warm and humid).  Besides the high winds it was also chilly, with a starting time temperature at 43° and wind chills in the mid to upper 30s.
  • 2015 (Nov. 1) - Weather conditions were great for runners as skies were lightly overcast and temperatures ranged from upper 50s at the start of the race to mid-60s by 4:00.  The last time temperatures were this pleasant for the event was ten years ago.   
  • 2016 (Nov. 6) - Near-perfect conditions greeted runners, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s for the bulk of the race (thru late afternoon).  Breezy conditions (20-25 mph gusts) was the only fly in the ointment.

 

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  • 2017 (Nov. 5) - The race was run in gray, foggy conditions with light drizzle moving in shortly before noon (just as the top women and men runners were finishing their races).  Temperatures held steady in the upper 50s throughout the race, with afternoon humidity above 90%.  And although it was only 0.01", this was the first measurable rain to fall in 20 years during the race (between 10 AM-4 PM).
  • 2018 (Nov. 4) - Skies were mostly clear and temperatures a few degrees chillier than average.  The day's high/low of 55°/43° is what the average temperature has been for the races of the 2010s.  The afternoon humidity was around 40%, which was more than 50% lower than that of last year's race.  The following year's conditions on race day (11/2) were very similar but a few degrees chillier (high/low of 53°/40°).
  • 2020 (Nov. 1) - For the second time in the past nine years the race was cancelled.  This time it was because of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation.  If the race had been run the elite runners would have been happy because most would have completed the course before rain moved in early in the afternoon (0.40" fell).  Temperatures were good for running as they were in the low-to-mid 50s.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: October 24

 

1875

This was the third day in a row with a high of 71° and it came a month after another three-day streak of 71° highs (Sept. 27-29).

1976

It was a raw, gray and damp day for the seventh New York City Marathon.  At race time the temperature was in the upper 40s and light showers moved in after 2:00 PM.  This was the first race to go through each of NYC's five boroughs - and the first time the race was held in late October.

 

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1978

The warmest and coldest temperatures of the month were experienced in less than 24 hours of each other.  After a high of 76°  yesterday (14 degrees above average), a strong cold front moved through during the evening and knocked the temperature down 40 degrees, to 36° by 8:00 AM today (12 degrees below average).

2017

Today's forecast warned of an intense rainstorm expected to produce rainfall comparable to the amount that had fallen since Sept. 1 (2.70"), but just 0.20" fell.  Despite showers and fog the temperature rose to 73°, making this the 19th day this month with a high in the 70s - the second most such days on record for the month of October (Oct. 1947 had 23).  Meanwhile, the day's low of 66° was a record for the date, five degrees warmer than the date's average high, and the month's eleventh low in the 60s - only October 2007 has had more - 12.  (October 2018 would also have eleven lows in the 60s.)

 

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Today in New York Weather History: October 23

 

1878

The center of the dissipating "Gale of 1878" moved to the west of Manhattan.  Shortly after daybreak winds gusted over 50 mph and 0.73" of rain was measured in Central Park.

1893

A shield of heavy rain from a tropical storm that passed over the Delmarva Peninsula soaked the City with 2.46".

1923

Rain began falling at daybreak, and by the time it ended in the early afternoon the following day nearly four inches had been measured (3.92").  Temperatures this afternoon were only in the mid-40s, but then rose after midnight to 67° late in the morning on the 24th.

1969

Three days after a record high of 80° this morning's low was a record 32°, and the high recovered to just 41°.  Tomorrow would see another record established, with a low of 31°.  (All three records are still standing.)

 

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Today's high of 76° was the warmest reading of the month, but a strong cold front passed through during the evening and by midnight the temperature had fallen to 45° (on its way to 36° at daybreak on 10/24 - the coldest reading of the month.)

1990

2.53" of rain fell, beginning at 4:00 AM and continuing all day, ending shortly before 1:00 AM on 10/24.  At its heaviest, 0.80" poured down in the hour between 8:41-9:41 PM.  The storm's amount was more than what fell in the entire month of September (2.24").

 

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2007

The morning low was a balmy 66°, 19 degrees above average and five degrees warmer than the typical high for the date.  The afternoon high got up to 78°.  Today was the 12th day this month with a low in the 60s, the most in October since Oct. 1879's 13 (Oct. 2017 would also have 12 such lows).

2013

Today was the first day this fall with a high temperature chillier than 60° - the second latest date for this occurrence in the years since 1970. (The latest date was in 2007, when it occurred on Oct. 25.)

 

Autumn_pumpkins

2014

Yesterday's nor'easter continued into today with breezy conditions and showers thru early afternoon; temperatures were stuck in the low 50s.  In total, 2.12" of rain fell from the storm (0.61" of it fell today), which was the greatest amount measured in the tri-state area.  Areas out on Long Island, however, reported much higher wind gusts (40-50 mph).

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