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Today in New York Weather History: June 2

 

1928

Today's high of 83° was the second 80-degree day of the year and came nearly two months after the year's first, on April 5 (a record for the date).  In the years since 1900 (thru 2021) this 57-day hiatus is the longest on record.

1946

Two days after a summery high of 86°, today was more than 30 degrees colder, along with a soaking rain of more than two inches (six days after another two-inch rainfall).  Today's high was just 52°, twenty-four degrees below average and came one year after an equally chilly three-day period from June 3-5 that saw an average high/low of 53°/49°.     

1967

Like yesterday, today's diurnal variation was 30 degrees, but today's high/low of 88°/58° was ten degrees warmer.  Both days featured clear skies.

1988

Today's high of 63° was twenty-seven degrees cooler than yesterday's high of 90°.

 

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1997

An all-day rain produced 0.99", more than half of the month's total (1.93").  This was the first measurable rainfall on this date in 10 years.

2005

Although it was on the cool-ish side (high/low of 69°/54°), skies were clear and it was a beautiful evening for an after-work excursion around Manhattan on the Forbes yacht.

2006

A severe thunderstorm struck shortly after lunchtime on Friday and dumped 1.73" in an hour (2:35-3:35 PM).  During this hour, 0.54" fell in five minutes, and 1.02" in ten minutes.  Total rainfall for the day was 2.79", a record for the date.  

 

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2007

This was the tenth day in a row with a high temperature of 80° or warmer.  The average high during these days was 86°, twelve degrees warmer than normal.

2011

The past ten days were nice and balmy, with sunny skies predominating.  Afternoon highs averaged close to 84°,  ten degrees above average.

 

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2013

A day that was very warm (upper 80s) and humid was capped off by a late night thunderstorm with vivid lightning that dumped a half-inch of rain in just fifteen minutes (10:25-10:40).  

2015

One day after a chilly high/low of 58°/51°, today was even chillier.  With a high/low of just 55°/50° this was the chilliest day in June since June 2, 1946 (52°/48°).  Today's high was twenty-three degrees below average.  Drizzle and light rain fell throughout the day, bringing Central Park's total rainfall since 6 PM on 5/31 to 2.55" - more than what fell during the previous sixty days. 

2019

A nighttime thunderstorm dumped 0.78" of rain in the 30 minutes between 9:45 and 10:15.  This was the greatest amount in such a brief period so far this year.  Central Park appeared to be the bulls-eye for the heaviest rain as Newark Airport reported 0.31", LaGuardia had 0.30" and JFK just 0.03".  (And at Yankee Stadium there was no rain delay for its game).      

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Today in New York Weather History: May 31

 

1885

Today's rainfall of 0.11" brought this spring's total rainfall to 4.95", making it the driest meteorological spring on record (a record that still stands).  And the month of June would continue these dry conditions, with just 1.32" measured. 

1929

Today's high was 93° and was the seventh day in a row in which the high was warmer than the day before: 65° (May 25)-72°-74°-76°-77°-84°-88°-93° (today).

 

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1940

The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.13" between 1-11 AM (two inches fell between 4-7 AM).  This was also a record for the date (which still stands).

1984

Since May 28, more than five inches of rain fell, helping to make this the rainiest May on record (until May 1989 surpassed it by half an inch, 10.24" vs. 9.74").

 

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1986

On a sizzling-hot day that saw the temperature reach 93°, a mid-afternoon thunderstorm dumped 0.70" of rain in a 60-minute period between 3:50-4:50 PM.

1987

Just like last year, it was a scorching hot day, with a high/low of 94°/76°.  (But unlike last year, there was no thunderstorm.)

1988

For the third year in a row, the high was in the 90s on this date.  Today's high of 91° was also the first ninety-degree day of the year; thirty-one more would follow in the next eleven weeks (thru Aug. 15).

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1989

For the second year in a row, the year's first 70-degree low was on May 31 (the typical date is in early June).  However, this year the afternoon high of 82° was significantly cooler than last year's high.

1991

This was the warmest May on record, 6.7 degrees above average.  From May 11 onward, temperatures were nine degrees warmer than average.  These three weeks had temperatures more comparable to the second half of June.  Ten days had highs of 85° or warmer (and three others had highs of 84°).  And today was no exception, as the high/low of 91°/71° was fourteen degrees hotter than the norm.  This was the fourth time in the past six years that the high on this date was in the 90s.

 

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1992

Half of the month's rain fell today as 1.99" of rain fell between 3 AM-7 PM, the biggest rainstorm since August of last year.  The rainy conditions and cloud cover resulted in just a two-degree difference in the day's high (61°) and low (59°).  Although the low was average for the date, the high was fourteen degrees below average.  This was the third day this year to have a two-degree diurnal temperature variation, the most of any year in the 1970-2020 period.   

1993

Like last year, much of the month's meager rainfall (of 1.56") fell today as 0.90" was measured.

1998

High temperatures during the past four days: 85°-84°-85°-84° (today).

2003

This was the coolest May since 1967, and 0.8 degrees cooler than the chilly May of 1997.  Much of the month's 3.40" of rain fell since May 21, including today's 0.59".

 

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2005

The warmest temperature in May was 79° and it occurred not only today, but on 5/27 and 5/28 as well.  This was the last year (thru 2021) in which May's warmest reading failed to top 80° (on average, the warmest temperature in May is 88°).

2010

Under sunny skies, it was a summery Memorial Day, with a high/low of 86°/69°, eleven degrees above average.  It was also the fifth year in a row with no rain on the holiday. 

2012

The last day of the month was beautiful, with bright blue skies and warm temperatures (high/low of 79°/66°).  May had fourteen days with morning lows of 60° or warmer, the most since May 1991 (which was the mildest on record).  While May's average high temperature was one degree above average, the average low was four degrees warmer.

 

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2015

Today's high of 87° made this the eighteenth day in May with a high of 80° or warmer, a new record for the month (but no days were in the 90s).  It was also the seventh day in a row with a high of 85° or warmer.  During these days, highs averaged 86°, twelve degrees above average.  The month was the second warmest May on record, 0.2 degrees behind May 1991. 

Up until 4 PM it appeared this was going to be the first May since 1964 with less than an inch of rain, but then strong thunderstorms moved in and dumped 1.46" of rain - three times the amount that had fallen in the first 30 days of the month (0.40").  In fact, more rain fell in the 45 minutes between 4:00 and 4:45 (0.93") than had fallen in the previous 40 days. By midnight, the temperature had tumbled to 57°, 30 degrees colder than twelve hours earlier.

2016

Sunny and warm with a high of 85°, the seventh day in a row with temperatures in the 80s.  This was in stark contrast to the first week of May, which was characterized by overcast skies and cool temperatures.  The average high that first week was 57° (12 degrees below average), while the average high during the last week of the month was 87° (13 degrees above average).

2021

Today, Memorial Day, was the fourth day in a row with a low in the 40s, tying May 1884 for the latest streak of this many days.  (However, 1884's streak was chillier: 48°-43°-42°-48° vs. this year's 49°-47°-47°-49°.  

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Today in New York Weather History: May 29

 

1968

After starting last night at around 10:00, heavy rain continued thru this morning.  By the time it ended, shortly before 12:00-noon, 4.88" had flooded the City, snarling the Wednesday morning commute.  The 3.99" that fell today set the daily record for the month of May (breaking the previous record of 3.82" on May 9, 1908).

 

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1969

Not only did today have the first reading in the 90s of  the year, but, with a high of 97°, it would be the hottest reading all year (there would be highs of 96° on June 28 and July 17).

1990

Beginning at 9 AM, and continuing for the rest of the day, 2.40" of rain fell.  This was a little less than two weeks after 2.32" fell, and brought the month's rainfall up to nine inches.  Today's heavy rain kept the temperature well below average, as the high was only 60°, fourteen degrees below average.

 

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1995

During a severe nighttime thunderstorm on Memorial Day, 0.50" of rain fell in just 30 minutes (10:40-11:10 PM).  The storm was also accompanied by hail.   

1999

The Memorial Day weekend began today, and all three days were marked by sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 80s (87°-88°-89°).

 

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Including today's 0.18" of rain, all but 0.07" of the month's 2.03" rainfall came in the past nine days (the first seventeen days of the month had no measurable rain).

2006

Today was Memorial Day, and for the first time since 1999 the temperature rose into the 80s.  The afternoon high of 88° was fourteen degrees above average.

 

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2012

Under sunny skies, chances appeared very good that the year's first 90-degree reading would happen today.  Alas, we came up short by one degree, mirroring yesterday's high of 89°.  However, very high humidity (the dew point was in the low 70s) pushed the heat index into the mid-90s.

2016

Today was the fifth day in a row with a high temperature of 87° or warmer, and a mean temperature that was ten degrees or more above average (two days had highs in the 90s).  Temperatures during this five-day period were 14 degrees above average.

2017

Overcast skies and light rain from 6 AM until 1 PM kept temperatures on Memorial Day stuck in the upper 50s for much of the day (the official high, 61°, occurred shortly after midnight).  This was the chilliest Memorial Day since 2003, when the high was 56°.

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Today in New York Weather History: May 17

 

1924

Today's high was 75°, the first 70-degree reading of the month as well as the warmest reading of the entire month - the coolest reading to have this distinction in May (79° is the second coolest warmest reading).  Today's reading wouldn't be topped until 6/5.

 

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1970

Rain fell between 9 AM-7 PM and amounted to 0.56", the first rain to fall on this date in 16 years.

1974

Today's high temperature reached 92°.  Not only was it twenty-one degrees above average, but a record for the date (which still stands), and the first 90-degree day of the year.

 

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1987

This was the 18th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated (the streak began on 4/30).  During these days, highs ranged from a chilly 48° to a blazing 90°.

1989

3.35" fell during a rainstorm that began the previous day.  Rain fell for twenty-nine consecutive hours, and ended shortly before 10:00 this morning.  Today's rainfall of 1.09" was a record for the date, a relatively low amount for such a designation.  This is also the only time an inch of rain fell on this date since record-keeping began in 1869.

 

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1991

Today's high was 83°, the seventh day in a row with a high temperature of 80° or warmer.  The average high during this week was 84°, thirteen degrees above average.

 

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2017

After nearly two weeks without a reading of 70° or warmer (May 3-15), yesterday's high reached 79°, and today's soared to 90°.  This was the earliest date for a 90-degree reading since 2010 (when it happened on April 7, earliest on record).  And it came four days after a high of 53°.

2018

Light rain during the morning made this the sixth day in a row with measurable precipitation.  This was the third six-day streak this year, joining 1945 and 1919 as the only years with three streaks of six days or more.  However, the amounts from this year's streaks were unimpressive: 0.90" (Feb 14-19); 1.33" (Apr 24-29); and 1.49" (May 12-17). 

2019

Rain fell for the eighth in day a row, the longest rainy streak since another streak of eight days in the summer of 2006 (and the thirteenth eight-day streak since 1900).  The rain that fell was minimal, 0.03", and came from light showers during lunchtime, and between 9:30-10:00 tonight.  This was also the seventh Friday in a row with measurable rain, and the ninth of the past ten.  In total 2.56" of rain fell during this streak.  Today's high of 76° was the mildest reading during the streak.

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Today in New York Weather History: May 16

 

1916

The remnants of the year's first (and very early) tropical system produced a record amount of rain for the date (2.66"), with almost all of it falling after 4 PM.  And an additional 0.30" fell in the pre-dawn hours of the 17th. 

1989

Just before daybreak, 0.58" of rain poured down in an hour, between 6:23-7:23 AM.  This came in the opening hours of a rainstorm (lasting through mid-morning tomorrow) that dumped 3.35" of rain (2.30" fell today).  And it came just six days after a rainstorm of 2.37".

1990

A year after 2.30" of rain fell on this date, 2.32" of rain fell today, much of it after 8 PM. 

2001

This was the 25th day in a row without precipitation, making it the third longest rain-free streak since 1970, passing two streaks of 24 days in Jan/Feb 1980 and in August 1995. 

2007

I celebrated my 50th birthday two days after the actual date with a dinner party at a Venezuelan restaurant in Greenwich Village.  Unlike my 40th birthday, which had beautiful weather, this year featured thunderstorms between 4-10 PM that dropped 0.83" of rain.  It was a warm and muggy day, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s before the rain moved in.

 

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2012

Overnight showers amounting to 0.09" made this the seventh year of the past nine in which rain fell on this date. 

2014

A light, wind-swept rain during the afternoon turned steadier and heavier after dark.  The 1.54" that fell was over before midnight (an inch poured down in the hour between 10-11:00).  This was the twelfth day of the past eighteen to see some rain, totaling a lucky 7.77".  Much of it fell today and on 4/30 (when 4.97" fell).

2015

Measurable rain fell for the first time since April 22, a span of 23 days (the longest dry spell since one of 26 days in April/May 2001).  Showers fell before daybreak and then again tonight between 9:00 and midnight, measuring 0.30".  In between, skies were overcast with temperatures rising into the mid-70s. 

 

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Today in New York Weather History: May 14

 

1957

Although temperatures on 5/13 and 5/15 were unseasonably warm (mid-80s), today's temperatures were at seasonable levels.  Rain moved in as evening approached and it fell heavily between 9-11:00 when two inches was measured.  In total 2.55" fell, and it was over before midnight.  This rainstorm, which was a record for the date (until 1978), accounted for two-thirds of the month's rain. (Meanwhile, back in Pittsburgh I was born in the pre-dawn hours.)   

 

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1978

The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.58" of rain thru 4:00 AM on 5/15.  It came down heaviest between 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM when 2.53" fell.  The 3.38" that fell today was a record for the date.

 

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1991

0.51" of rain thundered down in 20 minutes during a nighttime thunderstorm (11:25-11:45 PM).

1997

Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were Mother Nature's gift to me on my 40th birthday (high/low of 70°/49°).

2002

The 0.05" of rain that fell between 1:00 and 2:30 AM was the first precipitation on this date in 11 years.

2007

Today was my 50th birthday, and the high/low of 70°/49° was the same as it was on my 40th birthday.

2013

This morning's low of 42° was the chilliest reading of the month.  Today was also the eleventh day this year with a mean temperature ten degrees or below average - one more than all of last year.

2019

Today was the third day in a row with gloomy, rainy and chilly conditions.  70% of the past 40 days reported measurable rainfall in Central Park, twice as many days as is typical (28 vs. 14).  However, seven of these days accounted for about three-fourths of the 8.55" of rain measured in this period.  During lunchtime today the temperature rose out of the 40s for the first time since daybreak on 5/12, a span of 56 hours.  Then after just a few hours in the 50s the temperature once again dropped into the 40s.

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A Look Back at New York Weather: May 8

 

1980

Today's chilly high of 56° (twelve degrees below average) came three days after a high of 90°.

1984

This was the fourth day in a row with a high temperature of 69° (one degree above average).  And three of the mornings had lows of 53° (two degrees above average).

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Today's high was 91°, the second day in a row with a record high. 

2011

It was a near-perfect Mother's Day, with a high of 74°, five degrees milder than average.  Bright sunshine in the morning gave way to a mix of sun and puffy cumulus clouds during the afternoon. 

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Nearly two-and-a-half inches of rain poured down during morning rush hour - twelve times the amount that fell in the previous twenty-five days (0.19").  Including additional showers that moved thru at lunchtime, 3.02" fell in total, equal to the amount measured during the previous eight weeks.  Manhattan was the bulls-eye for this torrential rain - the biggest rain storm since September 2011, and the most rain to fall in a 24-hour period in May since 1978.  Additionally, today's amount was a record for the date, breaking the previous one set in the 19th century.

 

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2016

After having highs of 70° or warmer on the previous five Mother's Days (with four of the five in the 74°-83° range), today's was a chillier than average 65°, which made it the chilliest MD since 2010 (when the high was only 52°).  However, after a period of rain around daybreak, the sun broke through late in the morning and the afternoon was sunny, breaking a week-long streak of overcast skies.  And although today's high temperature was four degrees below average, this was the warmest reading since 4/25.

 

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2020

A rare springtime incursion of Arctic air moved through during the afternoon, and by midnight the mercury had fallen to 36°.  This was a record for the date, the first May reading in the 30s since 1978 , and the coldest reading in May since 1966 (36° on 5/10).  Light rain fell during the PM hours, amounting to 0.45".  (It should be noted that the reading of 36° credited to today actually occurred shortly before 1 AM Daylight Saving Time on 5/9, but the NWS uses Standard Time year-round for its records.) Save

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Looking Back at New York Weather: April 30

 

1874

The last three days of the month all had lows of 32° or colder, joining eight other days with lows this cold.  No other April has had this many days with lows of freezing or colder; these days contributed to this being the coldest April of all time.  (The following April and April 1943 would have nine such days, the second most.)

1925

Rainy (0.55" was measured) and very cool, with a high/low of 45°/42°.  The high was a record for the coolest maximum temperature on this date.

1940

Today's high of 67°, just a few degrees above average, was the mildest reading of the month.  (The warmest high temperature in April in the years before then was typically in the 78° to 82° range.)  In the years since 1900 this was the only April with no readings of 70° or warmer - until 2020.

 

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1942

Today's high of 91°, a record for the date, followed a high of 72° yesterday and 53° the day before that.  The previous record for the date, 86°, was set just last year.  In both years, the humidity was quite low during the afternoon, at around 25%.

1962

After three days of summer-like warmth (highs of 91°-89°-80°), this afternoon was raw and showery with temperatures only in the upper-40s.

1963

Up until today, just 0.39" of rain had fallen this month, and it appeared it would become the driest April on record.  However, an all-day rain brought 0.89", and the month ended up tied for third driest April.  Until 2014, today's rainfall was a record for the date, which was the second smallest amount for a daily record (Sept. 9's daily record is 0.86", which was established back in 1902).

1990

Today's high of 56° (ten degrees below average) was quite a drop from 73° yesterday and 90° two days ago.

2012

The final nine days of April all had chillier than average temperatures - the longest such streak since the end of March last year.  But despite these below average conditions, the month was the unprecedented thirteenth in a row with above average temperatures. 

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With a high/low of 68°/51°, today's mean temperature was two degrees above average, just enough to move the month's mean temperature from 0.1 degree below average to right at the average.  Thus, it joined August 1999 and August 1985 as the only months since 1980 to have a mean temperature on par with the monthly average.  April's high was 0.1 above average; the low was 0.1 below average.  However, what was far from average was the month's precipitation, which amounted to just 1.31".  This was 71% below the norm of 4.51", making it the fifth driest April on record (and the driest in 50 years).

2014

Until this year, April 30 was one of three dates that had never seen an inch of rain.  That distinction ended today as nearly five inches flooded the area, with more than half of it falling after 6 PM.  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.

 

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2019

Today was the eighteenth day this month with measurable precipitation, the most of any month since May 2012, and the most on record of any April (the most of any month is nineteen days, in Dec. 1972 and May 1973).  However, despite this high frequency of rainy days, the amount of rain that fell in April, 4.55", was just an average amount.  (Seven days had 0.03" or less.)  By contrast, New York's ten rainiest Aprils averaged 12 days of precipitation (ranging from nine to fifteen).  

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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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A Glance Back at New York City's Weather: April 6

 

April 6, June 12, June 13 and Nov. 10 are the dates New York has experienced the most one-inch rainfalls. Since 1869 it's happened eleven times.  Interestingly, the last time it happened on April 6 was back in 1982, when the precipitation fell mostly as snow (see below). 

 

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1881

During the past eight days, the mildest high temperature was just 41°.  And the last two days of this streak had highs below 32° (more than twenty degrees below average).

1899

This was the sixth day in a row with a low of 32° or colder, tying two other six-day streaks in 1875 and 1891 as the longest on record in April (and there have been none of this length since then).  

1936

Today's high of 68° was the only day with a high warmer than 50° in the first thirteen days of April.  The average high during the other twelve days was 47°, nine degrees chillier than average.

1947

Today's high of 79° made this the warmest Easter Sunday since 1887, when the high also reached 79°.  This was a record high for the date (which still stands) - and the coolest record high in the month of April.

1958

2.19" of rain fell today, making this the rainiest Easter Sunday (until 1983).  Most of the rain fell between 9 AM and 4 PM. 

1971

The Mets played their rain-shortened home opener this afternoon, defeating Montreal 4-2 in five innings.  The game was played in raw and windy conditions, with some light showers and temperatures only in the low 40s.  This was the prelude to a nor'easter that lashed the City after 6:00, producing 2.19" of precipitation (thru late morning the next day); 0.4" of the precipitation was snow, which fell between 11PM-midnight (actually, it fell between midnight and 1:00 AM on 4/7, but the NWS uses Standard Time year-round). 

1974

The Yankees' home opener was played in cold and overcast conditions, with afternoon temperatures falling into the low 40s.

1982

Just 1.1" of snow had fallen in February and March, when a blizzard dumped 9.6" of snow on the City today, less than a week before Easter.  More than a foot fell in New Jersey and Westchester County.  The storm started as rain in the pre-dawn hours and changed over to snow mid-morning and lasted through late afternoon.  By midnight the temperature had fallen to a record-low 21°.  This was the most snow to fall so late in the season since ten inches fell on April 3, 1915.  To read a first-person account click here.

 

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2019

The day after raw, drizzly and cold conditions, with afternoon temperatures hovering around 40°, today experienced a big rebound, with sunny skies and a high of 68°.

2021

On a stunningly beautiful day, the high reached 70° and the humidity dropped to 7% late in the afternoon – the lowest humidity level reported in Central Park since 2007 (6% on March 30).  This followed a 13% humidity level yesterday afternoon (and March had a day with 12% humidity, and two others with 13%).  For five hours the humidity stayed below 10% (and dew points were in the 3°-5° range).

 

Chart - lowest humidity

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