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A Glance Back at New York City Weather: April 21

 

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Since 1980, the average date of the first reading of 80° or warmer is April 21 (a month later than the average date of the first reading of 70°+).  This is about a week earlier than 1900-1979, and two weeks earlier than the 1869-1899 period.  It's happened as early as March 13 (in 1990) and as late as June 7 (in 1924). 

 

1877

Lows of the past six days exhibited the following pattern: 40°-42°-41° and 40°-42°-41°.

1926

The day after winter's last below-freezing low (28°), the high jumped to a balmy 75° (and tomorrow's high would rise to 82°).

1957

This was the first Easter Sunday since 1871 to have a high in the 80s, and at 85° it was the warmest on record (until 1962).  By contrast, yesterday's high was in the mid-60s, as would be tomorrow's.

1976

This was the 19th day in a row with no measurable precipitation, the longest stretch of dry weather since one of 26 days in October 1973. 

1981

A late cold snap saw the morning low tumble to 33°, a year after a low of 32° was reported on 4/17.  (By contrast, the warmest temperature this month, 81°, came at the beginning of April.)  This morning's frosty low was the coldest reading since March 21.

 

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1987

For the third day in a row temperatures were well above average, and very similar: 77°/57° today, 75°/57° yesterday, and 76°/57° two days ago. 

1991

A steady, cold rain, sometimes on the heavy side, fell throughout the day, amounting to 2.28" - a record for the date.  The high was only 46°, seventeen degrees below average.

2000

My flight to Pittsburgh, for an Easter visit to see my mother, was delayed six hours due to inclement weather in the Mid-Atlantic states.  1.62" of rain fell, with more than half of it coming down between noon-3 PM.  It was also chilly, as the high got up to just 49°, fourteen degrees below average. 

 

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2007

Today's high of 79°, sixteen degrees above average, came after a seasonable low of 45°.

2012

Under sunny skies, today's high reached 71°, the last day this month to be in the 70s.  April had seven 70-degree days in total, one fewer than the exceptionally mild March.

 

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A Look Back at New York City Weather: April 16

 

1913

In the past six days, 4.58" of rain fell.  Today was the rainiest of the days, with 1.25" of rain measured (most which fell in the morning).  4/11 had 1.10", 4/12 had 0.89", 4/13 had 0.21", and yesterday's rainfall (which fell during the afternoon and evening), amounted to 1.13".   This rainy period accounted for 3/4 of the month's total rainfall.

1914

This was the third day of the past six to have an inch or more of rain (and another day had 0.89").  In total, 4.30" of rain fell.

1975

Today was just one degree below average, but it was the fifteenth day in a row with a below average mean temperature.  During this period temperatures were nearly eight degrees below average.  

1985

It was a glorious day for a baseball game as the high reached 75°, and the Yankees beat the White Sox in their home opener on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

 

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1996

1.04" of rain fell between 1-4 AM, and 2.19" overall (including rain from last night that fell after 9:00 PM).  Most of the rain was over by 8:00 AM.  This storm's rainfall equaled the amount of precipitation (in liquid form) from the blizzard back on Jan. 7-8.

2000

Today had the mildest reading of the month, 75°.  This was the last April with no days in the 80s, until 2014.   

2002

Today was the start of a very early four-day heat wave: 92° today; 96° on 4/17; 91° on 4/18; and 89° on 4/19.  At the time, today's temperature was the third earliest date on record for a year's first reading in the 90s.  (I thought I was planning ahead and had my air conditioner taken out of my apartment yesterday to have it cleaned and serviced.)  Interestingly, there was a nearly identical mid-April heat wave back in 1976 that started one day later.  It also lasted four days and had the same four high temperatures, only in different order.  (To read more about 90-degree weather in April, double click here.)

 

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2003

After the temperature soared to 88°, twenty-seven degrees above average, a back-door cold front moved through and the temperature dropped to 51° by midnight.  Today's high wouldn't be topped for ten weeks.

2007

After yesterday's 7.57" of rain, an additional 0.84" fell this morning.  In total, rain fell during a 36-hour period.

2011

A nasty storm system moved in late in the afternoon, buffeting the area with 40-50 mph winds and 1.78" of rain, most of which fell today.  Nearly half of the rain poured down between 7-9 PM. 

2012

It felt like mid-summer, as skies were sunny and the high soared to 88°.  This was the first 80-degree+ day of the year, not far from the typical day of New York's first 80.  However, it was three weeks earlier than the usual date for the first 85°+ reading.  Today was also the ninth day this year with a mean temperature 20 degrees+ above average, well above the typical number for an entire year (four).  

 

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2014

The morning low of 31° was the latest date for a temperature of 32° or colder since 1980, when the low was 32° on April 17.  The last time a temperature was below freezing this late was way back 1943, when the low was 30° - also on April 4/16.  Today's chilly low broke a string of six consecutive Aprils with no lows of freezing or colder, the longest streak on record.  Additionally, the dusting of snow this morning was the latest for a trace of snow since 1997. 

 

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2017

This was just the seventh Easter Sunday to be in the 80s (going back to 1870), and with a high of 87° it became the second warmest Easter Sunday on record (behind 1976).  Today was also the warmest reading in April since 2012, when a high of 88° occurred, also on 4/16.  Today's high came five days after the year's first reading in the 80s.

 

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2018

A rainstorm that moved in last night continued through noon today, bringing flooding rains and winds that gusted over 40 mph.  Total rainfall was 3.29", 2.82" which poured down this morning; more than half of it (1.54") fell in the three hours between 7:30 and 10:30.  This was the greatest 24-hour rainfall in four years (since nearly five inches flooded the city on 4/30 in 2014).  As today's rain exited, the temperature jumped 14 degrees in the hour between 11:00 and noon (from 46° to 60°). 

 

 

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Glancing Back at New York Weather: April 9

 

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April 9 has reported an inch  or more of snow in Central Park in five years - the most times of any date in April.  The last time it happened was in 2000.

 

1917

One of April's biggest snowstorms dumped 6.5" (0.1" of it fell late last night).  This brought the winter's total snowfall to 50.7" for the second year in a row.  Snow fell on this date last year as well (1.5").

1979

A coastal storm lashed the area during the afternoon with rain and gale force winds (0.68" of rain was measured).  The high temperature was only 41°, seventeen degrees below average.  This nasty day happened to be the first day of my first job out of college, in the media department at ad agency Scali McCabe Sloves (Third Ave./E. 50th St.).  

 

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1980

3.42" of rain fell, with nearly two inches falling in a three-hour span between 5-8 PM.  It was an especially inopportune time for so much rain as it happened in the midst of New York's 11-day subway strike (April 1-11), which forced many commuters, like myself, to walk to and from work.

1981

It was a delightful day for the Yankees home opener as the afternoon high topped out at 75°, seventeen degrees above average.   

1996

It was hard to believe that the Yankees' home opener wasn't postponed, as the temperature was in the mid-30s and wet snow fell throughout the game.  (This was a week after their season opener in Cleveland was snowed out.)   Since the air temperature remained above freezing, very little of the snow accumulated (0.3" was measured in Central Park).  Happily, the Yankees beat KC, 7-3.

 

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1998

A nor'easter moved in during mid-afternoon, delivering 1.86" of rain (and 2.15" in total, when counting rain that continued into the wee hours of the following day).  A peak wind gust of 51 mph was clocked in Central Park.  Today's rainfall topped one of 1.78" on 4/1.

1999

A steady light rain fell between noon-6 PM, resulting in the Yankees' home opener being called after 7 innings, with the Yankees leading, 12-3.  Not only was it rainy, but cold, as the temperature fell all day.  By game time it was down into the mid-40s - quite a change from yesterday's 80-degree weather.

2000

One day after the high temperature reached 71°, 1.2" of snow fell during the morning - the final snowfall of winter.  The day's low of 30° was the coldest reading of the month.

 

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2001

A passing cold front produced a 30-minute downpour in which 0.43" of rain fell between 6:45-7:15 PM.  Earlier in the afternoon, the temperature topped out at 78°, the first reading in the 70s this year, and the warmest temperature since Oct. 3.  By contrast, yesterday's high had been just 45°.

 

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2003

For the ninth year in a row precipitation fell on this date, a cold rain that amounted to 0.30".  The high/low of 39°/35° was thirteen degrees below average.  This was the third day in a row with a high only in the 30s, the most in April since 1881, when there were five (all in a row as well) .

2007

The Mets home opener was played under sunny skies, but temperatures were chilly, as the high of 49° was nine degrees below average.  The morning low of 32° was the the last time the temperature dropped to freezing in the month of April (until 2014). 

2013

The day after the year's first reading in the 70s (73°), the first reading in the 80s occurred (82°).  This was about two weeks earlier than average for this temperature level (while the first 70-degree reading was about two weeks later than average).  The day had a desert-like feel to it as the humidity in the afternoon was below 20% late in the afternoon.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 28

 

1919

1.4" of snow fell in the afternoon, the biggest snowfall of the winter (coming two weeks after 1.3" fell).  This was the last snowfall of the winter, which had just 3.8" of snow in total - the least snow until the winter of 1973 when just 2.8" fell (and also passed by the winter of 2002).  Temperatures during the afternoon were only in the mid-20s, half of what the usual afternoon temperature is at the end of March.  

1921

After the temperature jumped from 49° to 82° between 5 AM and 2 PM, New York experienced its greatest one-hour drop in temperature when it plummeted 29 degrees between 4:00 and 5:00, from 81° to 52°.  The strong cold front that ushered in this cold air was accompanied by winds that gusted between 35 and 45 mph.  By midnight the temperature was down to 34° (and would fall to 26° by 6:00 AM).  This 48-degree plunge is the greatest daily temperature drop on record.

 

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1960

This was the first day during a very cold month (colder than January or February) to have an above average mean temperature.  And at 71°, this was the first day this year to reach the 70s.

1984

A developing nor'easter brought a mix of snow and rain during the afternoon that continued through tomorrow.  1.5" of snow fell today, but forecasts had predicted substantially more.  The temperature in the City was a bit too mild to support a snowstorm (high/low was 43°/34°).

 

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1985

The afternoon temperature topped out at 78°, twenty-four degrees warmer than average and more typical for the second week of June (and four degrees warmer than yesterday).  However, this was not a record as there was an even more extraordinary warm spell in 1945. 

1991

After a seasonable high of 53° yesterday, today's high soared to 77°.

2005

After visiting my mother for Easter, today's flight back to New York from Pittsburgh took eight hours because of strong thunderstorms in the New York area.  2.98" rain fell, a record for the date.  This was the biggest rain producer in six months, since tropical storm Jeanne dumped 4.66" at the end of September. 

 

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2012

Today's high/low of 67°/44° was the sixteenth day this month with a daily mean temperature ten degrees or more above average - the most of any month since 1970 (until December 2015, which would have eighteen such days).  So far this year, more one-third of the days were ten degrees or more above average. 

2013

Although the day's mean temperature was just two degrees below average, it marked the fifteenth day in a row with below average temperatures.  During this time, temperatures were nearly six degrees below average.  There hadn't been a longer below-average streak since April 2007, when there was one of sixteen days.

2016

Although it was just 0.38", the rain that fell during the morning hours after sunrise (as a cold front approached) made this the rainiest day of the month.  (Between Feb. 25 and yesterday, a span of 32 days, less than an inch of rain fell.)  Then, late in the afternoon, very high winds began buffeting the area with gusts between 40-60 mph that continued overnight.

2018

Today, with a high/low of 52°/38° (one degree below average), was the 22nd day in a row with a below average mean temperature, the fifth longest streak of this kind in the years since 1953 (the year the NWS began reporting departure from average on a daily basis).  Temperatures during this streak, however, were just 4.5 degrees below average, which is the least below average of any streak of 15 days or longer.

 

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2019

Temperatures were seasonable for the Yankees' earliest home opener, but sitting outdoors in readings no higher than the low-50s is was what you might expect at a football game.  Skies were sunny, but then turned lightly overcast after the game against Baltimore ended (which the Yankees won by a score of 7-2).  

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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: February 22

 

1968

Between Feb. 10 and today, temperatures were 10 degrees below average (average high/low was 32°/14°), but there was no measurable snow.

1980

1.1" of snow fell before a changeover to rain took place.  This was the month's second, and last, day of precipitation.  The last time there were so few days of measurable precipitation in a month was back in October 1963.

1981

For the seventh day in a row the mean temperature was at least 12 degrees above average.  The high/low during these days was 58°/45°, seventeen degrees milder than normal.  This streak came in the midst of seventeen consecutive days of above-average temperatures (Feb. 14-March 2). 

1986

The high temperature was 40° for the fourth day in a row.

 

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1991

Today's high of 66° broke the record high set last year (63°).  Then a cold front moved through during the evening and the temperature fell to 38° just before midnight.  The cold was ushered in by winds that gusted to near 40 mph.

1997

Today's springlike high of 69° was a record for the date and three degrees warmer than two days ago when another record high was set.  

2001

5.5" of snow fell tonight between 5-11:00 PM, the fourth snowfall of 3.5" or more this winter.  It was a powdery snow with just 0.31" of water content.  Today's high/low of 25°/17° tied Christmas Day as the coldest day of the winter (although both had the same mean temperature, Christmas Day's high/low was 27°/15°).

2003

Five days after a blizzard buried the City under 19.8" of snow, a cold, hard rain fell from mid-morning until late afternoon, with 1.49" measured.  This was the same amount of liquid precipitation measured on 2/17 (when 16.3" of the blizzard's snow piled up).

2008

Six inches of slushy snow fell during the morning and continued thru early afternoon. This amount was also a record for the date and was the biggest snowfall of the winter - the largest accumulation since New York's biggest snowstorm of all time two years ago (since relegated to second place). 

 

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2015

You know it's been a harsh winter when a high/low of 43°/32° in late February is cause for celebration.  Coming after a nine-day stretch with temperatures that were 17 degrees below average (26°/10°), and three snowfalls that amounted to 8.2", today felt like spring.  I took advantage of the sunny and mild conditions and walked to Hudson River Park to catch a glimpse of the ice floating by on the river.  The day's high would be the mildest of the month, making it the coolest maximum reading for February since 1978 (when the mildest reading was just 41°).  Although today's high was seasonable for the date, it was the mildest reading of February, and the mildest since Jan. 5 (when the high was 49°). 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: February 3

 

60s with flowersSince 1970 the average date for New York's first 60-degree reading has been Feb. 3.  In these years it's occurred as early as Jan. 1 (in three years) and as late as April 8 (in 1970).  In both 2018 and 2017 it happened on Jan. 12, and in 2020 it fell on Jan. 11.  Meanwhile, the average date for the first high in the 70s comes about seven weeks later.

 

 

1936

Today was the twelfth day in a row with a high colder than 32° (and 14 of 15 days since 1/20).  The average high/low during this streak was a teeth chattering 22°/9° (sixteen degrees below average).  No day had a high above 26°.  This cold wave came one month after a streak of eleven days at the end of December, and a year after nine of ten days were 32° or colder.

1955

The morning low of zero degrees was the coldest reading of the winter.  The last time the temperature was this cold was on Jan. 31, 1948.

 

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1961

The third major snowstorm of the winter moved in this evening and by midnight six inches had fallen (an additional 11.4" would fall on 2/4).  The snow was driven by winds that gusted between 35 and 40 mph.  Temperatures rose from 7° at daybreak to the upper 20s by midnight.   

1966

Today was the eighth day to have measurable snow since 1/20.  Total accumulation for these eight days was 14.7".  Today's snowfall amounted to just 0.3" and fell in the wee hours of the morning.  It was the smallest accumulation of any of the eight days.

1971

This morning's low of 8° made this the twelfth day since 1/16 with a low temperature colder than 15°.  

1996

7.5" of snow, which was over by daybreak, fell in advance of the coldest air of the winter.  This was the the third snowfall of 6+ inches this winter - with one more of that magnitude two weeks away.  (I had flown down to Key West for vacation the day before, thinking I had escaped, but a few days later the Arctic cold penetrated all the way down to the Keys and it felt more like fall.)

 

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2004

This was the 29th day in a row in which the low temperature was 32° or colder, the longest such streak since December 1989.  Later in the day a cold rain (the high temperature was 38°) fell during the afternoon, amounting to 0.96".

2009

4.3" of snow fell, the only snowfall of the month. 

2013

The 0.4" of snow that fell overnight was double the amount that fell during the entire month of February 2012.

2014

The day after the high temperature reached 56°, eight inches of snow fell during the morning and afternoon, a record amount for the date.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 28

 

1901

Today and the previous five days had very similar, slightly above average high temperatures: 42°-43°-43°-42°-43°-44° (today).

1908

The highs and lows of Dec. 26-28 were very similar: 40°/35°, 40°/34° and 40°/35° (today).  And temperatures on Dec. 25 and 29 were somewhat similar as well (42°/36° and 43°/35°).

1917

Beginning today and continuing through Jan. 4 record lows were set on seven of the eight days - and all of them are still standing.  (Only 1/3, with a low of zero, didn't set a record.)

 

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1940

Today's high of 49° followed a high of 50° yesterday and a high of 51° on 12/26.  Conversely, low temperatures had a pattern in the opposite direction, with a high of 43° today, 42° on 12/27 and 41° two days ago.  All of these readings were well above average.

1952

Today's high/low of 30°/12° made this the coldest day of the entire winter.  And there would be just one more day this winter with a sub-freezing high (on Feb. 2).

1961

The 0.35" of rain that fell this morning was the last day measurable precipitation fell this month, and brought the month's total to 3.04" - the same amount as last December.

1964

The year's last measurable precipitation fell just after midnight.  The year's total of 32.99", ten inches below average, made this the driest year on record (the previous driest year was 1910).  The record, however, lasted just one year as 1965 would be even drier, with just 26.09" measured in Central Park. 

1968

Today's high of 56° (reached after dark) would be the last reading in the 50s (or warmer) until March 16. 

1980

The 0.1" of sleet that fell overnight was the last measurable precipitation of the month (and year).  At just 0.58", this was the second driest December on record (behind Dec. 1955).

1983

Three days after a morning low of 4° above zero today's high temperature rose to 55°.

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1988

After a nine-day period from Dec. 10-18 when temperatures averaged nearly 11 degrees colder than normal, temperatures rebounded and the next nine days (today was the last) were eight degrees milder than average.

1990

Today's 7.2" snowfall (which began late last night) was the first snowfall of the winter, the largest accumulation in nearly four years (since January 1987), and the biggest December snowfall since 1960.  Snow ended shortly before 11 AM.   

2008

Today's high of 65° was a record for the date, and 25 degrees above average.

2010

I was visiting my mother in Pittsburgh for Christmas, which was unaffected by the East Coast blizzard of 12/26-27.  However, I felt its impact today, the day I was scheduled to fly back to New York, as most flights were still cancelled; mine was no exception.  However, Jet Blue chartered a luxury bus to JFK Airport.  The trip took eight hours but at least I got back home on the day I was supposed to (albeit at 1 AM).

 

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2014

Today was the sixth day in a row in which the mean temperature was 10 degrees or more above average, the longest such streak since one of eight days in March 2012.  Today's high/low of 54°/43° (under mostly overcast skies) was also the average high/low of the past six days.  These six days were 14 degrees milder than average.

2017

Today's high/low of 18°/11° made this the coldest day of the year (topping Jan. 9, which had a high/low of 23°/14°) and the coldest day in nearly two years - since Feb. 14, 2016, which had a frigid high/low of 15°/-1°.

 

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2018

A steady rain that fell mostly during the daylight hours measured 1.15", bringing December's total precipitation over five inches, the eighth month this year with five+ inches - the most on record for any year.  This was the third rainstorm of an inch or more since 12/16.  Besides the rain, today was also unseasonably mild, with a high of 60° (quite a contrast from a year ago).   

 

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Today in New York Weather History: December 23

 

1883

It was a frigid, frigid day with a high/low of just 10°/-1°.

1896

One week after a snowfall of seven inches, six inches fell beginning last night and continuing through this morning, followed by another round during the evening as an Arctic front moved through.  What was curious about this snowfall was the fact that it had a very low water content (0.25" was measured) despite temperatures that were 32° or above last night through daybreak today, and rain was mixed with the snow at times.

1930

The biggest snowfall of the winter, 3.9", began this afternoon and continued through dusk on the 24th, providing a mantle of white for Christmas Day.

 

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1959

Today's high/low of 23°/9° (eighteen degrees below average) made this the coldest day of the winter of 1959-60.

1963

Snow began falling shortly before 3:00 PM and by midnight six inches had accumulated, with 0.3" added in the wee hours of 12/24.  The temperature didn't vary much as the high/low was 32°/28°.

 

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1989

The morning low of 6°, twenty-three degrees below average, was the coldest reading of the month and the entire year.  With today's frigid temperatures, 1989 became the year with the most days with mean temperatures 10 degrees above or below average (in the years since 1960; later broken in 2015).

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1990

It was a record-setting day as the high reached 66° after a low of 57° - a staggering 28 degrees above average - quite a change from a year ago!

1998

This was the first day since Nov. 22 to have a colder than average mean temperature.  It was also the first day this winter completely below freezing.  Today's high/low of 29°/18° was in sharp contrast to the 55°/42° averaged in the first three weeks of the month.

1999

Somewhat similar to this date last year, today was the twenty-first day in a row with above average temperatures.  Temperatures were seven degrees above the norm during this three-week span.

2004

A strong cold front blew through during the afternoon, producing thunderstorms with 40-50 mph wind gusts.  These storms caused extensive airport delays.  My flight to Pittsburgh, where I was going to visit my mother for Christmas, was cancelled (I rescheduled for the next morning).  Today's high of 59° came just three days after a morning low of 11°, the month's temperature extremes.  

 

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2015

Eleven years after my flight home to Pittsburgh was cancelled due to inclement weather, it happened again!  (This time, however, I couldn't get a flight until Christmas Day so I took Amtrak.)  1.55" of rain was measured, falling just 0.07" short of setting a new record.  Most of the rain fell between 3:00 and 9:00 PM.  Besides being rainy it was also mild, with a high of 64°.

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Today in New York Weather History: October 3

 

1941

Showers that moved in at around 10:15 this morning produced the first measurable rain in four weeks, the second longest dry spell on record (eight days fewer than the 36-day drought in the autumn of 1924). 

1951

Skies were mostly cloudy and temperatures in the seasonable upper 60s when the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hit his famous "shot heard 'round the world" - a three-run home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th inning that gave the Giants a come-from-behind win, and the National League pennant.

 

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1974

It was a very chilly day, with a high/low of 50°/38° (19 degrees below average).  Winds were out of the northwest and skies were a mix of sun and clouds.  The morning low tied the record.

1979

A morning downpour greeted Pope John Paul II as he traveled down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral on his way to Madison Square Garden, where he was attending a children's reception.  (I saw him pass by in his "pope mobile" as I walked to work.)

 

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1994

This morning's low of 43° was the first reading in the 40s this fall, the latest date for this occurrence since 1982, when it occurred on 10/10.  This reading was eleven degrees below average.

2019

The day after the mercury soared to 93° (twenty-four degrees above average) winds shifted overnight to a northeasterly direction, and temperatures this afternoon were only in the mid-50s.  Light showers and drizzle fell throughout the day, amounting to 0.34" - the most rain to fall in one day in six weeks. 

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