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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)

 


New York Weather Highlights of 2014

 2014

JANUARY

2 - A sprawling winter storm moved into the area during the evening with snow beginning at 6:30 and continuing into the overnight hours.  In total 6.4" fell.  Besides snow and gusty winds, there was Arctic cold to contend with as the mercury fell from the upper 20s when the snow started, to 18° by midnight, and down to 11° by daybreak on 1/3.

3 - Snow ended before daybreak and the rest of the day had clear skies and frigid temperatures.  3.3" fell after midnight on top of the 3.1" that fell yesterday.  With a high of just 18° and a low of 9° (at midnight), the day's mean temperature was the coldest in five years. 

7 - The morning low of +4°, the coldest reading in New York in 10 years, was fifty-one degrees colder than 24 hours earlier.  Wind chill values were in the -10° to -20° range.  And although the day's official high of 19° was reached just after midnight, temperatures in the afternoon were only in the single digits, thirty degrees colder than average.

8 - This morning's low was 9°, a reading that held steady for 15 consecutive hours, beginning at 4 PM yesterday.

21 - After a week-and-a-half respite winter returned with a vengeance as wind-driven snow and plunging temperatures snarled the City.  By midnight temperatures had fallen into the low teens (wind chill was at zero degrees) and 11" of snow was on the ground (with snow that fell after midnight, the total accumulation was 11.5").  The timing of the snow couldn't have been worse for commuters as it began around 9 AM and continued until 10 PM.

22 - Arctic air overtook the region as yesterday's snowstorm exited.  With a high/low of 17°/5°, and a sub-zero wind chill, this was the coldest day of the winter (mean temperature). 

23 - This was the 22nd day in a row in which no high temperature was duplicated.  During these days highs ranged between 17° and 58°.

31 - This was the 20th day in a row in which no low temperature was duplicated.  During these days lows ranged between 5° and 44°.

 

FEBRUARY

2 - Today's high of 56° made this the mildest reading of the month (the month's coldest temperature would occur at the end of the month).  And fears that today's Super Bowl game in northern New Jersey would be played in cold and/or snowy conditions were allayed when the game time temperature was in the upper 40s. 

3 - After yesterday's brief respite, winter returned in a big way as eight inches of snow fell in the morning.  This snowfall was a record for the date.

5 - The fifth winter storm of the season punished the area with four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of sleet and freezing rain.  The precipitation fell heaviest between 1-6 AM and snarled the AM commute.  This storm brought the winter's snowfall to 40.3" - the seventh time in the past 12 winters that more than 40 inches of more snow has fallen.

12 - With a high/low of 25°/13°, this was the seventh day in a row with a high temperature of 32° or colder, making it the longest such streak since one of nine days in January 2005.  This week-long period was 10 degrees colder than average.  It was also the longest streak of cold weather in February since 1979, when there was one of 11 days.

13 - An intense winter storm moved up the East Coast and brought with it high winds, heavy snow in the morning (9.5"), rain in the evening (accompanied by thunder & lightning) and an additional three inches of snow after midnight.  This was the fourth snowfall of six inches or more in the past six weeks, and brought the season's snowfall over 50".

18 - A quick shot of snow fell between 5-10 AM and accumulated 1.5".  This brought the total snowfall in the past 30 days (since Jan. 21) to 42.1" - the most ever in a 30-day period.  Today's snowfall was the eighth of one-inch or more in this time frame.       

28 - This morning's frigid low of 9° (22 degrees below average) was the latest date for a reading in the single digits since 1967 when the AM low on March 19 was 8°.

 

MARCH

3 - A winter storm that, a few days earlier, was predicted to dump 6-12" of snow on NYC was pushed to the south by Arctic high pressure and delivered a mere dusting of 0.1".  This would be the only measurable snow of the month.  Today's high/low was just 31°/17°, fifteen degrees below average.

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

11 - It was a beautiful early spring day as skies were sunny and the temperature soared to 66° (19 above average).  This was the first 60-degree reading of the year, the latest date for this occurrence since 2003, when it happened on March 16.  Average date for the first 60 is Feb. 3 (since 1970).

13 - Between 3 PM yesterday and 7:00 this morning the temperature plunged from 56° to 18°.  This surge of Arctic cold was accompanied by wind gusts of 35-50 mph, which produced below zero wind chills.  Under clear skies today's afternoon temperature struggled to reach the mid-20s.

17 - With a high/low of 35°/23° this was the coldest St. Paddy's Day in ten years.  However, although both years had the same mean temperature (29.0°), this year's high was four degrees warmer, but the low was four degrees colder.  A winter storm, which dumped 6" of snow on DC, stayed just to our south for the second time this month.

27 - With a high/low of 44°/22°, today's mean temperature was 13 degrees below average.  This was the 27th day since Jan. 1 with a mean temperature 10 degrees or more below average - the most since 1936.  The average number of such days during the first three months of the year is 10.5.  (In 2016 there would be 26 such days by this date.)

 

APRIL

4 - The day was gray, raw and damp with drizzle and mist.  The afternoon temperature hovered around 42°, twenty-five degrees colder than yesterday.

7 - 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.

11 - The temperature jumped to 75°, making this the first 70-degree reading of the year (yesterday's high was 58°).  This came 2-1/2 weeks later than the typical first 70 and was the latest date for this occurrence since 2003, when it happened on 4/15.

13 - 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.

14 - This was the fourth day in a row with highs in the 70s.  The average high during these days was 75°, fifteen degrees above average.

15 - A strong cold front moved through early in the evening and cut the temperature nearly in half, from 63° at 4 PM to 33° by 11:30.  Steady rain (0.71") changed to snow/sleet after 10 PM, which had a tough time accumulating since the ground had been warmed from four days in the 70s.

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

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

 

MAY

1 - What a difference a day makes.  Following one of the rainiest days on record, skies cleared this morning and afternoon temperatures soared into the upper 70s, more than thirty degrees warmer than yesterday.

10 - With a high of 83°, today was the first day this year to warm into the 80s - the latest "first 80" since 1997.  The air had a tropical feel to it and strong thunderstorms moved through at around 5 PM accompanied by winds that gusted to 40-50 mph.

11 - Mother's Day featured a high of 82°, topping that of Mother's Day 2012 by one degree, making it the warmest since 1993.

12 - A warm and sultry day.  With a high/low of 85°/64° (14 degrees above average), this was the warmest day since Oct. 4, when it was 86°/66°.  This was also the third day in a row in the 80s, the first time it happened since mid-September.

16 - A light, wind-swept rain during the afternoon turned steadier and heavier after dark.  The 1.54" that fell was over before midnight.  This was the twelfth day of the past eighteen to see some rain, totaling a lucky 7.77".  Most of it fell today and on 4/30 (when 4.97" fell).

26 - Today was Memorial Day and conditions were very summery as the high reached 86° after a low of 66°.  This was the eighth time in the past nine years that the temperature on Memorial Day got into the 80s (last year, with a high of 73°, was the exception).  Since 2006 the average high on the holiday has been 84°, nine degrees above average.

28 - One day after a sultry high of 86° (which drove me to turn on my A/C for the first time this year), today was overcast with afternoon temperatures only in the upper 50s.

 

JUNE

1 - It was a glorious day for the first day of June as skies were sunny, temperatures rose into the upper 70s and the humidity was very low.  Today's conditions were very similar to those on May 1.

13 - Heavy showers moved through around 9 AM and then a severe thunderstorm struck between 5:45 and 7:30 PM.  In between, during the afternoon, the sun broke through for the first time in five days.  The 1.28" of rain that fell came one year after 1.26" fell on the same date.

15- Today was Father's Day and if you forgot to give Dad a necktie there was no need to fret since the weather was gift enough as skies were mostly clear and the afternoon temperature rose to a seasonable 80° (but two degrees cooler than Mother's Day).

17 - Very warm and humid, but the first 90-degree day of the year was not to be as the high topped out at 89° (it reached 91° in Newark).  However, we did have our first 70-degree low (two weeks later than usual).

18 - Although meteorological summer of 2014 (June 1 thru Aug. 31) would have six days in the 90s, today, with a high/low of 89°/76°, had the warmest mean temperature of the year (later exceeded by Sept. 2's high/low of 92°/77°).

29 - A beauty of a day for this year's Gay Pride Parade as skies were clear, the humidity was low and afternoon temperatures were in the low 80s.

30 - This was New York's thirty-first June (since 1869), with no 90-degree days, yet it managed to be 1.0 degree warmer than average.  Of all of the "no-90" Junes, this was the warmest of them all.  This was also the first year since 1985 to have no 90-degree temperatures in the first half of the year.

 

JULY

2 - This was the year's first day in the 90s, the latest date for this occurrence since the summer of 1985.  It was sunny and uncomfortably humid, making the high of 91° feel like 96°.  Some relief arrived after 6:00 when severe thunderstorms with vivid lightning rumbled through the area over the next four hours.  Central Park picked up nearly an inch of rain.

3 - Like yesterday, severe thunderstorms moved through in the evening.  Unlike yesterday today's storms didn't feature as much vivid lightning but produced nearly twice as much rain (1.78") in half the time (7:00-9:00).

4 - Skies were gray and light showers fell through mid-afternoon, the result of New York being on the northwestern fringe of Hurricane Arthur's rain shield.  It was also on the windy side.  However, by late afternoon the sun began breaking through and skies were mostly clear by the time of Macy's fireworks extravaganza.  Although the amount of rain was light, 0.14", it was the most rain to fall on the 4th of July in six years.  And the high of 74° was the coolest in seven years (and 12 degrees cooler than Memorial Day 2014).

7 - For the fifth year in a row on this date the high reached the 90s.  This year, the high was 90°, which was the "coolest" of the five years: (100°-92°-97°-92°-90°).

15 - For the ninth day in a row the low temperature was either 71° or 72°.  (Average low during these days is 69°.)

23 - 0.19" of rain fell during a thunderstorm shortly after 9 PM, making this the twelfth year of the past fifteen to pick up measurable rain on this date.

 

AUGUST

5 - Today's high was 90°, the first 90-degree reading in four weeks, and just the fourth 90-degree day of the summer.  Typically, there have been a dozen such days by the first week of August.  There would be four more hot readings between Aug. 27 and Sept. 6

29 - The last work week of the summer was a delight as skies were sunny, humidity low and high temperatures very summer-like: 88°-89°-90°-82°-80° (today).

31 - Meteorological summer ended on a hot and sultry note with a high/low of 90°/73°.  With dew points in the low 70s, the heat index rose into the mid-90s.  During late afternoon 0.63" of rain fell during a heavy downpour between 4:30 and 5 PM.  This was the most rain to fall on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend since 2000. 

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - It was a very sultry Labor Day and the high/low of 88°/75° (nine degrees above average) made it the warmest holiday since 1983 (based on mean temperature), when it was 91°/73°. 

2 - Not only was today's high of 92° the hottest reading of the year, the low of 77° was the warmest minimum temperature this year.  Today's mean of 84.5° was two degrees warmer than June 18, which had a high/low of 89°/75°.  2014 joined ten other years whose hottest readings were 92° or lower (three were in the past ten years). 

6 - Today was the last day of a week-long hot spell in which every day had a high of 86° or warmer.  The high/low during this stretch, the longest of the summer, was 89°/72°, close to nine degrees above average.  Three of the seven days had highs in the 90s, including today's 91°.  This was the eighth year in which Sept. 6 had the last 90-degree reading of the year - the most of any date.

7 - Today was the fifteenth day in a row with a high in the 80s, the longest such streak of the year.  This was one day longer than a streak of 80-degree days in July.

24 - The high reached 71° for the third day in a row, right at the seasonal average.

28 - The last weekend of the month had spectacular weather.  Under clear skies on Saturday and sunny skies on Sunday high temperatures rose into the low 80s, thirteen degrees above average.  And Friday had been equally fine, with clear skies and a high in the upper 70s.

 

OCTOBER

3-4 - Skies were clear and temperatures seasonable the evening Yom Kippur began, but Oct. 4 saw 1.18" of rain fall between 5 AM-2 PM, making it the second rainiest Yom Kippur in the years since 1970 (0.75" fell between 11 AM-1 PM).  However, skies cleared rapidly and by 4 PM conditions were as nice as the evening before.  This amount of rain was just 0.03" less than what fell in all of September. 

15 - It appeared today was going to become the latest date on record for a 70-degree low, but it was not to be as the temperature fell to 69° shortly after 11:00 during a brief downpour.  So the record set on Oct. 7, 2005 remained intact. 

18 - Today saw a high in the 70s for the fifth day in a row.  During these days the average high/low was 73°/62°, eleven degrees above average.  Since Sept. 27 temperatures were five degrees above average.

22 - It was a raw, windy and rainy day as a nor'easter slowly worked its way up the mid-Atlantic coast.  Temperatures for much of the day were in the low 50s.  By midnight, with rain still falling, 1.51" had been measured, a record for the date (beating 1984's amount by 0.06").  This was the third one-inch rainfall of the month.

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

 

NOVEMBER

2 - Runners participating in today's NYC Marathon were buffeted by high winds, with gusts of 30-45 mph, depending on the neighborhood you were running through.  These winds resulted in the slowest running times for the winners since the 1984 event (when conditions were warm and humid).  Besides the high winds it was also chilly, with a reading of 43° at the start of the race and wind chills in the mid to upper 30s.

18 - After flirting with it the past few days the temperature fell to 32° for the first time this autumn.  It came after the passage of an Arctic front that brought unseasonably cold air to much of the continental US.  And although the high temperature was officially 45° just after midnight, afternoon temperatures were only in the low 30s with wind chills in the teens.

19 - Although the morning low of 22° was four degrees shy of the record (set in 1936), it was the coldest reading to occur before Nov. 20 since 1986 (when there was a low of 22° on Nov. 14).

22 - With a low of 28° today was the fifth day in a row with a sub-freezing low temperature, just the fourth time since 1960 that there's been a streak of this many days (or more) in November.  The others occurred in 2008, 2000 and 1989.

24 - A lashing rain overnight (0.70" was measured) was accompanied by a surge of very mild air.  The sun broke through at around lunchtime and the temperature warmed to 69°, making this the warmest day of the month - five days after the coldest temperature was recorded.  At midnight the temperature was still 68°.

26 - A coastal storm the day before Thanksgiving brought 1.25" of rain.  It also produced the season's first snowfall, but it was just 0.2" as the temperature never got colder than 34°.  However, significant snowfall (six inches+) fell in northern NJ, eastern PA, New York state and New England.

27 - It was a raw and gray Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures in the 30s (high/low of 38°/34°).  Snow flurries were in the air during the Macy's parade.

 

DECEMBER

8 - Today's low of 24° was the coldest reading this month, and two degrees above November's coldest reading.  Since 1970 only two other Decembers had a milder reading than November for its coldest temperature of the month.  

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

10 - Like last year, the first snowfall of one-inch or more arrived today (about two weeks earlier than normal).  Snow showers that moved in during the afternoon began accumulating in the evening when the temperature fell to 32°.  This snow was wraparound precipitation from yesterday's nor'easter.   

20 - It was a cold day under slate gray skies, with just three degrees separating the high and low (33°/30°).

24 - A rainy day (0.80" fell), the fifth gloomy day in a row.  The mild high of 58° was reached at 9 PM.

25 - Today's mild high of 62° (reached shortly before 4 AM) was twice as warm as last Christmas - and was two degrees warmer than Easter.  Showers in the early morning hours made this the fifteenth day with precipitation this month, the most of any month this year.

28 - 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.

31 - Under sunny skies, it was a frosty close to the year, with a high/low of 32°/27°.  (Last year also ended with a high of 32°.)  Today's high was the first this winter at 32° or colder, nine days later than average.

 

Chart - 2014 hottest and coldest

 

To read highlights from other years between 1970 and 2019 double click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mild One Day, Snow the Next - A History of Dramatic Change

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This post was inspired by an eight-inch snowfall on Feb. 2, 2014 that occurred the day after the high reached 56°.  However, there was an even more drastic one-day change during the winter of 2017 when 9.4" of snow fell on Feb. 9, the day after the high was 62°.  This was the most drastic one-day change in weather conditions since March 16, 2007 when 5.5" of sleet and snow fell the day after a springlike high of 67° was reached.

 

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Since 1970 there have been twenty-eight instances of an inch or more of snow falling the day after a high of 50° or warmer; however, on only seven of those occasions was the accumulation four inches or more.  In addition to the three occasions mentioned at the beginning of this post, here are the four other dates it has occurred:

  • March 29, 1970 - On Easter Sunday four inches of snow fell the day after a high of 54°.
  • Feb. 2, 2009 - 4.3" of snow fell one day after a high of 53° was reported.
  • Feb. 21, 2001 - A snowfall of 5.8" occurred the day after a high of 52°.
  • Feb. 17, 2018 - A nighttime snowfall of 4.4" came at the end of a week that had three days with highs of 62° and a high of 58° on 2/16.

 

The following two snowstorms occurred the day after the high temperature was above average, but below 50°; however, they warrant mention because of the large amount of snow that fell:

  • Jan 21, 2014 - 11.0" fell the day after a high of 46° degrees was reached.
  • April 6, 1982 - 9.6" fell the day after the temperature topped out at 48°.   

 

Finally, a shout-out to the 1.2" of snow that fell on April 9, 2000 because it came the day after a high of 71°.

 

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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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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).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: April 3

 

1915

The biggest snowfall of the "winter" occurred today on Easter Saturday as ten inches of heavy snow fell between 9 AM and 11 PM (with eight inches falling between 11 AM and 6 PM).  During the storm winds from out of the north gusted to 25 mph and temperatures hovered around 30°, producing wind chills in the teens.

 

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1978

At 40°, today's high temperature was 42 degrees colder than the high two days earlier.  This high, sixteen degrees below average, was what the average low is for this date.

1982

0.84" of rain poured down in a 60-minute period between 5:55-6:55 PM.  1.86" fell during the entire day.

1983

Close to two inches of rain fell during the morning, making this the wettest Easter Sunday on record.  Today's rainfall was also a record for the date, breaking the record that was set last year.  Besides the rain, it was also quite chilly, with a high of only 46°.

 

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2002

The temperature nosedived from 77° (twenty-one degrees above average) to 42°.  This drop in temperature was accompanied by high winds that gusted to 30-40 mph.

2009

Rain that fell mostly during the morning hours ended with an early afternoon downpour that dumped 0.42" of rain in a 30-minute period between 12:37-1:07 PM.  And during this half hour, 0.25" fell in one five-minute period. 

 

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2018

After yesterday's Yankees home opener was postponed due to a morning snowstorm of 5.5", today's rescheduled game wasn't played in great conditions either.  It was foggy, drizzly and cold (low 40s) throughout the game against Tampa Bay, which the Yankees won 11-4 on the strength of Didi Gregorious's two home runs and eight RBI.  

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: April 1

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Of all the days of the year, going back to 1960, April 1 is the second most likely to have rain (tied with May 16 and Aug. 11).  (June 3 is the most likely.)  In the years since 1970, rain has fallen in twenty-six of them.  (The typical calendar date has had precipitation fall in fifteen of the years.)

 

 

1917

In the span of eight hours the temperature plummeted from 83° to 44° as a "back-door" cold front moved through and winds shifted from the southwest to the northeast.  This would be the warmest reading of the month.  The next reading in the 80s wouldn't occur until May 20.  Today's high came the day after the high was 62°, the year's first reading of 60°+.

 

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1923

Easter Sunday dawned bitterly cold, with a reading of 12° at 6 AM, making this, easily, the coldest reading of any Easter (and the coldest reading on record for the month of April).  Winds gusting to 25 mph produced wind chills around -5°.  The afternoon high "recovered" to 36°.  (Three days later the high would reach 70°.)

1924

It was no April Fool's joke as 8.5" of heavy, wet snow fell, from mid-afternoon through midnight.  Interestingly, snow fell mostly with temperatures two or three degrees above freezing (the temperature was above freezing through 9 PM).  Besides the snow, gale force winds gusted to 35 mph.

1941

Today had the first 60-degree reading of the year, the fifth latest date for this occurrence in the years since 1900 (now ranked seventh).  This followed a very late date for the first reading in the 50s, on March 3. 

1976

More than half of April's 2.80" of rain fell today between midnight-10 AM, when 1.51" was measured in Central Park.  (May 1976 would start the same way.)

1978

A high of 82° (26 degrees above average, and one degree shy of the 1917 record) would make this the warmest day of the entire month - and, very similar to 1917, the next 80-degree day wouldn't be for another seven weeks (May 19).

1993

0.52" of rain fell in a 60-minute period between 5:53-6:53 AM, and 0.87" poured down in the two hours ending at 7:48 AM.

1998

1.78" of rain fell today, with 1.16" of it coming down in a two-hour period between 6-8 PM.

2008

The Yankees' home opener was rained out yesterday, but today was dry.  Under mostly cloudy skies, the  temperature at game-time was a mild 67° (eleven degrees above average) as the Yankees won their eleventh home opener in a row. 

 

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2012

0.51" of rain fell today, making this the fourteenth year in the past seventeen to have rain on this date. 

2016

Today felt like a day in early summer as the air was a bit sticky and the high/low was a warm 79°/61°, which was more typical of the second week in June.  After a mostly cloudy morning, the sun broke through in the afternoon, making for balmy conditions.  Despite today's unseasonably warm temperatures, March 10 had an even milder mean temperature, with a high/low of 79°/63° (31 degrees above average). 

2021 

Temperatures were in the chilly 44°-50° range during the Yankees' home opener, made even chillier by blustery conditions, as winds gusted between 25-30 mph.  The only positive aspect of the day (the Yankees lost to Toronto in 10 innings) was that the sun began to break through the overcast skies during the second half of the game. 

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Today in New York Weather History: March 22

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Based on the period between 1980-2020, the average date of a year's first 70-degree reading in Central Park is March 22.  During these years it has occurred as early as January 6 (in 2007) and as late as April 26 (in 1984).  In 2012 there had already been seven days that were in the 70s by March 22.   Finally, in 2020 and 2021, the first 70+ readings were on 3/9 and 3/11, respectively.

 

1916

Today's snowfall of 2.9" followed a snowfall of 2.1" yesterday and was the sixth snowfall of two inches or more in the past three weeks (there were eleven days with measurable snowfall this month).  This was also the fourth storm to have significant sleet.  In total, snow/sleet amounted to 25.5" this month, making this New York's second snowiest March, after March 1896.  (It would also be the fifth coldest March on record, and the coldest of the 20th century.)

1945

The second half of March was extraordinarily mild, with an average high of 70°, but today was an outlier as the high only reached 40°, (but the low was a seasonable 35°).  Winds were from the northeast, skies were overcast and light showers fell throughout the day.

1959

Two days after the high reached 71° temperatures this afternoon were only in the upper 20s.

1964

A heavy, wet snow fell between 9 PM on 3/21 and 4 AM this morning, accumulating 4.9".  Temperatures during the snowfall ranged from 32° to 34°.  The temperature then rose close to 50° later in the afternoon.  This was the fourth snowfall of four inches or more this winter.

1967

One of New York's latest snowstorms dumped 9.8" thru mid-afternoon (0.8" of it fell late last night).  The day's high of 32° was 20 degrees below average.  This storm came three days after a morning low of 8°, the latest date on record for a reading in the single digits.  Additionally, in the past 45 days (since Feb. 6) 41.0" of snow fell, with accumulating snow falling on twelve of the days (including 12.5" on Feb. 7).

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1977

A hard, cold rain fell, amounting to 3.44"; most of it poured down between 10 AM-3 PM.  This was the year's biggest rainmaker until the monster storm of Nov. 6-7 that flooded the area with nine inches of rain. 

1992

Just three days after 6.2" of snow fell, another quick moving system dropped 3.2" during the evening.  These two snow events were responsible for most of the winter's 13 inches of snow.  During this evening's snowfall, a USAir Flight 405 slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport and landed in the waters of Long Island Sound; 27 passengers died. 

1998

It appeared this winter was going to have the least snow on record, with just 0.5" measured.  Then a surprise five-inch snowfall occurred overnight and the winter of 1998 ended up as the fourth least snowy (behind the winters of 1973, 1919 and 1932).  It would fall to fifth place four years later when the winter of 2002 had just 3.5", and to sixth place when the winter of 2020 had 4.8". 

 

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2018

Less than twelve hours after the last snowflakes from yesterday's 8.4" snowstorm fell around dawn (0.2"of it  fell after midnight), skies were clear and the temperature rose to 50°.  Although this was slightly below average, it was the mildest reading since March 1 (when the high reached 60°).  Today was also the sixteenth day in a row with below average temperatures; the last time there was a streak this long was in April 2007.

2019

Like last year, a coastal storm impacted the area but this time it was an all-rain event.  Rain began at daybreak yesterday and continued until late this morning.  In total 1.43" fell, with about two-thirds of that amount falling last night through the pre-dawn hours today (0.75" was measured yesterday, 0.68" today).  Besides the rain, gusty winds also raked the area, with peak gusts of 35-45 mph.

 

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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: March 20

 

1875

An ice storm on the first day of spring dropped 0.54" of liquid precipitation in temperatures that were below freezing all day (high/low was 31°/22°).

1958

An intense nor'easter brought winds of 35-45 mph along with heavy, wet snow that began shortly before daybreak and continued thru midday on the 21st.  4.7" fell today and 7.1" the following day.  However, today's temperature never got colder than 33°.  This storm buried parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania and upstate New York with 30 to 40 inches of snow.

 

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1967

The temperature rose above freezing shortly before noon for the first time since late afternoon on March 15.  During the four full days when temperatures were at freezing or colder (3/16-3/19) the high/low averaged 27°/13°, twenty-one degrees below average.

 

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1984

Today's high of 58° was the mildest reading of a cold March, the coldest since 1960.

1986

A vigorous cold front moved through, resulting in a plunge in temperature from 62° to 21°.

1993

This was the eleventh day in a row with a low temperature of 32° or colder (four of the days had lows in the teens).  The average low during these days was 23°, 12 degrees below average.

2012

Since 1970 the month of March has averaged 1.5 days with highs in the 70s.  Today's high of 73° was the sixth day this month to top 70° - the most for any March in the period (and two more would follow). 

 

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2015

Spring may have begun at 6:45 PM but it was a day when winter reasserted itself as snow fell during the afternoon and evening, amounting to 4.5".  As the snow fell, the temperature dropped from the upper 30s to upper 20s.  Today's snowfall brought March's total to 18.6", making it the snowiest month of the winter (December had 1.0", January 15.3" and February 11.9") - and the snowiest March since 1956.  And with a total of 47 inches, this became the tenth snowiest winter since 1950.     

2020

After a foggy start the sun broke through during the afternoon and the temperature jumped from the mid-50s at noon to 77° shortly before 5:30 (26 degrees above average).  The day's 30-degree jump in temperature from the morning low of 47° at daybreak was the biggest rise in temperature since a 32-degree rise on May 2, 2018 (from 48° to 80°).  After today's warm-up, the City's next reading in the 70s wouldn't occur until May 2.

 

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