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New York's Snowiest 30-Day Periods

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In the winter of 2010 New York experienced its snowiest month of all time when 36.9" of snow fell in February.  Then, the following winter, January 2011 had 36.0", making it the second snowiest month on record.  Although these are the record amounts for calendar months, there has been a 30-day period that crossed months that had more snow - during the winter of 2014, when, from Jan. 20 thru Feb. 18, 42.1" of snow piled up.  Here are some additional points of interest:

 

  • The winter of 1914 also had a hefty 30-day period of snow as 35.2" fell between Feb. 10 and March 11.
  • Although not large enough to make the top-10 list below, the 25.3" of snow that fell between March 12 and April 8, 1956 is worth noting because of its late date.
  • In the winter of 1923, 26.4" of snow fell between Jan. 3 and Feb. 2 and then four days later another 30-day period of excessive snow began, with 26.1" falling between Feb. 6 and March 7.
  • Three winters had overlapping 30-day periods of excessive snowfall (30 inches or more).  The winter of 1948 had three while the winters of 2011 and 2014 each had two.  In these cases only the period with the largest amount is included in the top-10 chart. 

 

MOST SNOW TO FALL IN 30 DAYS
(Since Winter of 1902)
    # of
Snowfall Dates Snowfalls
42.1" Jan 21 - Feb 19, 2014 9
38.2" Jan 28 - Feb 26, 2010 5
37.9" Dec 26, 1947 - Jan 24, 1948 6
37.6" Jan 7 - Feb 5, 2011 7
36.0" Jan 13 - Feb 11, 1978 4
35.2" Feb 10 - March 11, 1914 7
34.1" Jan 15 - Feb 13, 1961 5
33.0" Dec 19, 1995 - Jan 17, 1996 6
30.8" Dec 15, 1948 - Jan 13, 1949 3
29.6" Jan 26 - Feb 24, 1994 6
(Analysis of NOAA's monthly Local Climatological Data reports)

 


Snowfall Analysis: New York's Snowiest Consecutive Months

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The snow that piled up in New York during the winter of 2014 made it one of the ten snowiest on record (going back to 1869).  The bulk of the 57 inches fell in January (19.7") and February (28.8").  Their combined total of 48.5" is the second greatest amount of snow to fall in back-to-back months.  Only the winter of 2011 had a combo with more as December picked up 20.1" and January saw 36.0". 

 

Three of the winters found on the chart below had 20" or more of snow for both of the months: Jan/Feb 1978, Jan/Feb 1996 and Dec 2010/Jan 2011.  And three winters make two appearances: 1996, 2010 and 2011.  (If March 2014 sees nine inches or more it will also have two slots on the list.)

 

NEW YORK'S SNOWIEST BACK-TO-BACK MONTHS
(Since 1869)
       
 Months 1st Month 2nd Month Combined
Dec 2010/Jan 2011 20.1" 36.0" 56.1"
Jan/Feb 2014 19.7" 28.8" 48.5"
Jan/Feb 1996 26.1" 21.2" 47.3"
Dec 1947/Jan 1948 29.6" 15.3" 44.9"
Jan/Feb 1978 20.3" 23.0" 43.3"
Jan/Feb 1923 24.5" 18.8" 43.3"
Feb/Mar 1967 23.6" 17.4" 41.0"
Feb/Mar 2011 36.0" 4.8" 40.8"
Dec 1904/Jan 1905 21.6" 18.4" 40.0"
Feb/Mar 1896 9.5" 30.5" 40.0"
Jan/Feb 2010 2.1" 36.9" 39.0"
Feb/Mar 1914 17.4" 21.5" 38.9"
Jan/Feb 1994 12.0" 26.4" 38.4"
Dec/Jan 1996 11.5" 26.1" 37.6"
Dec/Jan 1893 27.0" 10.6" 37.6"
Dec 2003/Jan 2004 19.8" 17.3" 37.1"
       
(Analysis of data from www.NWS.NOAA.gov)

A History of New York's First Snowfalls of the Winter

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Since 1970 the average date of New York's first measurable snowfall has been December 14 (six days later than the 30-year period before that, 1940-1969).  It has occurred as early as Oct. 29 (in 2011) and as late as Jan. 29 (in 1973).  It has happened before Dec. 1 in seven years (including the winter of 2018-19) and occurred later than Jan. 1 fifteen times (including the winter of 2015-16).  When this first snow arrives, on average, it's accumulated two inches. 

 

In two out of five winters the first snowfall amounts to less than an inch; five had first snowfalls that measured just 0.1" (the last time was in 2010).  On the flip side, there have been nine winters with first snowfalls that accumulated more than four inches (most recently, the 10.5" snowstorm of Dec. 16-17, 2020, the surprise 6.4" snowstorm on Nov. 15, 2018, and a 4.6" snowfall on Dec. 9, 2017).  The greatest amount for a first snowfall was 15.2" on Dec. 11-12, 1960.

 

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The average date of the first snowfall of 1-inch+ occurs on Dec. 24, ten days after the first measurable snow (and eight days later than the years between 1940-1969).  It's happened as early as Oct. 29 (in 2012 when 2.9" fell) and as late as March 22 (in 1998 when 5.0 inches fell).  Ten winters didn't see their first one-inch snowfall until after Jan. 15.  The last time it occurred this late was during the winter of 2015-16, and it was a doozy, when 27.5" fell on 1/22 - New York's biggest snowfall of all time.

 

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Finally, the first measurable snowfall of the 50 winters since 1970 was also the the first snowfall of an inch or more 27 times (most recently during the winters of 2019-20 and 2020-21).  Additionally, eight of the first snowfalls changed to rain; four of them occurred in consecutive winters, 1984-1987.  And seven of the first snowfalls began as rain before changing to snow (the most recent was the winter of 2019-20).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: April 25

 

1875

Less than two weeks after a snowstorm of ten inches (on 4/13), another significant snowfall dropped three more inches - despite the fact that the temperature got no lower than 34°.  This is the latest measurable snowfall on record.

1915

Today saw perhaps the greatest swings in temperature of any date in New York's history.  After first steadily climbing from 47° shortly after midnight to 91° at 3:00 PM, the temperature then plunged to 52° just before  midnight.  This was the result of a strong warm front moving through for about ten hours (9 AM-7 PM) and then being displaced by a backdoor cold front.  There was no rain produced by the passage of either front.  Two days later the temperature would rebound into the low 90s again, only to drop like a rock after nightfall.  These crazy swings came three weeks after 10.5" of snow buried the City.

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1919

It was a cold day, with temperatures more like winter than the middle of spring.  The high/low was just 43°/29°, nineteen degrees below average.  And tomorrow's readings were very similar (44°/31°).  Both days also had winds that gusted to 25 mph, making it feel like it was in the 30s.

1960

After a seasonably cool low of 48°, the temperature rose sharply, to 87°.  Meanwhile, although they were still milder than average, yesterday and tomorrow had highs of 70°.

1962

For the third year in a row, a big jump in temperature occurred on this date.  This year the mercury jumped from 48° to 84°; in 1961 it rose from 49° to 82°; and in 1960 the high reached 87° after a low of 48°. 

1976

Five days after an unprecedented four-day heat wave ended (with highs of 91°-96°-92°-89°), today was the first of three days in a row with highs only in the 40s (49°-46°-49°).  

2002

A steady rain, amounting to 0.55", fell during the afternoon - the first rain on this date in 12 years.  One week after a heat wave, with temperatures 30 degrees above average (comparable to hot temperatures experienced in 1976), today was chilly, with a high/low of 52°/43°.

 

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2007

For the sixth year in a row rain fell on this date as mid-afternoon showers amounted to 0.14".

2009

What a spectacular start to my summer share at Fire Island as the afternoon high soared to 88° (in NYC) after a low of 52°.

 

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2010

After just 0.61" of rain fell in the first twenty-four days of the month, 1.60" poured down today.  The rain came from two storm systems.  The first brought the bulk of the rain in the AM hours (1.13"), the second moved in after dark.

2018

It was a dreary, showery, fog-shrouded day.  The 0.95" that fell (much of it between 6-9 AM, and then just before midnight) pushed April's total precipitation past the five-inch mark, the third month in a row with five inches or more.  The last time this happened was Aug.-Oct 2011, but that three-month period had more than twice as much precipitation (34.43" vs. 16.45").

 

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A Look Back at New York City Weather: April 19

 

April 19 is the date that's experienced the most instances of a diurnal variation in temperature of 30 degrees or more - in eight years.  The most recent occurrence was in 2004, when the swing in temperature was 37 degrees (high/low of 85°/48°).   Two of the eight years were back-to-back, in 1993 and 1994.

 

1964

The day after the high reached 86° a "back-door" cold front moved through and by mid-afternoon the temperature had dropped into the mid-50s.

 

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1978

The 1.96" of rain that fell between 8:30 AM and 9 PM accounted for much of the month's precipitation.  It was also a record amount for the date.  Today's high got up to only 50°, twelve degrees below average.  

1981

Although the temperature was 11 degrees cooler than yesterday, it was still a beautiful Easter Sunday as the high reached 68° (six degrees above average) under partly cloudy skies.

1983

0.8 inches of snow fell in Central Park, the City's latest measurable snowfall in 100 years (0.5" fell on April 24, 1883).  However, despite the snow, a cold rain was the main feature of the day.  The high/low of 43°/34° made this the chilliest day of the month (15 degrees colder than average).

 

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1985

Today's high of 88° was a rebound of 43 degrees from yesterday morning's low of 45°.

1992

This was the fourth day in a row with nearly identical, and chilly, high/low temperatures:  47°/40°, 46°/41°, 47°/40° and 47°/41° (today).  These chilly highs were sixteen degrees colder than average.

2002

It appears Mother Nature cut & paste a summer heat wave in the middle of the spring as the high/low of the past four days averaged 92°/71°, 27 degrees above normal.  After highs in the 90s the previous three days, today "cooled down" to 89°.  The next 90-degree day wouldn't be for another two months (June 26).

 

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2004

The afternoon temperature soared to 85°, after a morning low of 48°.

2007

Today was the 16th, and last, day in a row with colder than average temperatures, the longest such string of days during springtime in the years I've lived in New York (since 1979).  During this streak the mean temperature was eight degrees chillier than average.  Nine days had lows in the 30s.  (In March 2018 there would be a 22-day streak with below average temperatures.)

2013

0.05" of rain fell this evening, one year after 0.04" fell on this date and two years after 0.03" was measured.

2017

Under overcast skies, today's high was 54°, which was eighteen degrees colder than the average high of the previous ten days (including a high of 87° three days ago, which was Easter Sunday).  Today's high was only one degree milder than the average low of the previous ten days.

 

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2019

Great Weather on Good Friday, as the high reached 80° - the first day in the 80s this year (it came close on 4/8, when the high reached 79°).  And although this was a few days earlier than the average date of the "first 80° (4/22), only one other year in the 2010s had it occur at a later date (in 2014, on 5/10).

 

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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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Today in New York Weather History: April 13

 

1875

A snowstorm totaling ten inches began today and ended in the wee hours of the morning of the 14th.  However, the snow didn't stick around for very long as tomorrow's temperature rose into the low 50s after dark.

1940

It was a wintry day, with a high/low of only 35°/26°, twenty degrees colder than average (the low was a record for the date, which still stands.)  This was the coldest day of the month.  Snow that began last night and accumulated 1.3" continued for a few hours past midnight added an additional 0.5" this morning.   

1955

A chilly high of 46° came just two days after a high of 84°.  Skies were overcast and winds were from out of the northeast.

1962

After going four years without a National League baseball team to call its own, the New York Mets played their first home opener, in unseasonably cold conditions, with a high/low of 43°/38° (nine degrees below average).  Windy and overcast, there were showers before daybreak and again late in the afternoon, amounting to 0.13".  As for the game, the Mets lost to the Pirates, 4-3.

 

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1971

The Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies, with temperatures in the upper 60s.  (A week earlier the Mets weren't as lucky as their game finished just as a nor'easter was bearing down on the City.)

1977

This was the second day in a row of summertime heat, as the high reached a record-setting 88°, two degrees lower than yesterday.

 

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1978

It was a beautiful day for a baseball game as the Yankees' home opener was played under sunny skies and in temperatures that rose into the mid-70s.

1987

Today was the home opener for the Yankees.  After early showers between 5-8 AM, the rest of the day was gray and chilly, with a game-time temperature in the low 50s.  This followed three days of 70-degree temperatures.  Happily, the Yankee bats were hot, as they rolled over the Indians, 11-3.

 

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1991

Today was the 16th day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days highs ranged from 47° to 90°.

1992

The morning low of 31° was the latest date for a freezing temperature since 1980, when it occurred on April 17.  This would be the latest date until 2014. 

2012

Despite it being Friday the 13th, skies were clear, temperatures pleasant (low 60s, a few degrees above average), and the Yankees won their home opener, beating the Angels, 5-0.  From Yankee Stadium, smoke could be seen in the distance, rising from a brush fire in Central Park as very low humidity posed a threat for brush fires throughout the area.

 

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2014

Today's high of 77° was the mildest reading of the month, and made this April the first since 2000 not to see a reading in the 80s.

2018

Today's high soared to 82° the day after the high reached 63° (which had been the mildest reading in more than seven weeks).  This was eight earlier than a year's typical first 80-degree reading.  And this morning's low of 60° was what the average high should be.

 

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2020

Nearly two inches of rain fell from an intense storm system that produced deadly tornadoes in the Southeast yesterday (Easter Sunday).  The 1.92" of rain that was measured was a record for the date, easily breaking the old record from 100 years ago.  Besides rain (which fell largely between 1 AM-6 PM), gale force winds raked the area, gusting close to 40 mph in Central Park and between 50-60 mph in many suburbs.  Temperatures rose into the 60s as the storm exited during early evening, and the day's high (67°) was reached after dark.   

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Looking Back at New York Weather: April 10

 

1950

For the fifth day in a row the morning low was 32° or colder.  The average low during these days was 29°, which was twelve degrees below average.

 

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1974

The Mets played their home opener in raw conditions that were similar to those the Yankees encountered four days earlier.  Although the day started with some light snow, amounting to 0.3", it was over long before the game's first pitch.  However, fans in the stands had to contend with gusty winds that made the game-time temperature in the low 40s feel like it was in the upper 20s. 

    

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1980

The day after 3.42" of rain fell, today was dry and warm with afternoon temperatures in the low 70s, thirteen degrees above average.  The weather was perfect for the the Mets' home opener against the Cubs.

1983

4.31" of rain fell, with nearly 2.50" of it falling in just three hours (between 11 AM-2 PM).

1992

Although today's Mets home opener was twenty degrees cooler than last season's record heat, at 71° it was still twelve degrees above average.  This was also the first day with temperatures in the 70s this year - two weeks later than usual.  (This was similar to 1965's home opener, on 4/12, which was played on the first 70-degree day of the year.)

1996

An overnight snowfall of 0.7" was the last snow of the season, bringing the winter's total to a hefty, record-breaking 75.6".  This was 48" above the average winter, and came just two years after 53.4" fell.

 

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2010

Three days after a high of 92°, this morning's low was 50 degrees colder. 

2013

What had been a beautiful spring day, with a high of 74°, came to a crashing end as a series of strong thunderstorms barreled through between 7-11 PM.  What made them especially noteworthy was the fact that they occurred in the first half of April.  However, despite the storm's long duration, relatively little rain fell, with just 0.49" measured in Central Park.  This was the first rainfall of the month.

 

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2017

For the first time since 1988, the Yankees played their home opener in temperatures that rose into the 70s.  Under mostly sunny skies, the temperature rose to 74°.  And the cherry on top was a victory over Tampa Bay.

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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: April 7

 

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April 7 is a study in contrasts.  Not only is it the latest date for a sub-freezing high temperature (1982), it's also the earliest date for a high in the 90s (2010). 

 

1929

The temperature jumped from 46° to 89°, thirty-two degrees above average.  (Yesterday's high was 59°.)  At the time this was the earliest date for a temperature so warm.

 

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1977

The Yankees played their home opener under sunny skies, but in very chilly conditions.  After a morning low of 31°, the game was played with temperatures in the mid-40s.  At least skies were sunny.

1978

A warm front moved through just as the Mets' home opener was beginning, and over the course of the afternoon the temperature rose from 47° to 63°.

1982

In the aftermath of yesterday's snowstorm, the morning low was 21°, twenty-one degrees below average and the coldest reading so late in the year since April 1, 1923 (when the temperature dropped to 12°).  Today's afternoon high of 30° was the latest date on record for a sub-freezing high.

 

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1990

The last snowfall of the winter fell at around daybreak, a surprise 0.6".  It didn't last long, however, as the temperature rebounded into the low 50s under sunny skies.  A total of 13.4" of snow fell during the winter, about half the average amount, and the third winter in a row with well below average snowfall.   

2003

Four inches of snow fell, the biggest April snowfall in twenty-one years.  This brought the season's snowfall total close to 50 inches.  And like 1982's snowfall, today's happened on the day of the Yankees' home opener, which was postponed.

2010

The afternoon high hit 92°, an incredibly hot temperature for so early in the season.  In fact, it was New York's earliest 90-degree reading on record, besting the previous record from 1991 by one day.  This temperature was 34 degrees above average - even in mid-July, today's high would have been five degrees hotter than normal.  At 11 PM it was still 80°.  The next 90-degree reading wouldn't be for seven weeks, when the high reached 92° on May 26.  

 

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2014

Morning sunshine dimmed by mid-day and rain moved in late in the afternoon, but it held off until the Yankees' home opener had ended (they beat the Orioles 4-2).  The game was played under overcast skies with temperatures in the chilly low 50s. 

2015

Two-and-a-half weeks after a four-day streak with lows of 29°, today was the fourth day in a row with a low of 42°, which was at the seasonal average.  Highs during these days were also very similar: 60°-61°-63°-62°, three or four degrees above average.

2020

Today's high of 68° was the mildest reading of the month.  This became the first April since 1940 to have no readings in the 70s or warmer.  (Since 2000 the average warmest reading in April has been 85°.)

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