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June's temperatures rebounded after a chilly April and May (2.7 and 2.1 degrees below average, respectively). At 2.3 degrees above average it was the warmest June in 10 years (and 16th warmest overall). Fourteen days were five degrees or more above average. Besides being warmer than average, June was also... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at New York City Weather Archive
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May 2020 was 2.1 degrees below average and followed an April that was also cooler than average (-2.7 degrees). The last time back-to-back months had below average temperatures was in March and April 2018. This was the chilliest May since 2008. What made the month cooler than average was the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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April was 2.7 degrees below average, making it the first month this year to be chillier than average. It was also the fourth chilliest April of the past 40 years. Even more interesting, this was the first April since 1940 to have no days with highs of 70° or warmer... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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A number of years ago I wrote a post about male stars of TV shows in the 1960s and '70s who I fancied when I was a kid. Now, in this post, male singers from that era who roused my innocent attention get the spotlight. For the most part I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at ZeitGAYst
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March 2020 was 5.5 degrees milder than average, becoming the eighth mildest March on record. By coincidence, this followed an eighth place ranking for February 2020. Only one day had a low of 32° or colder (a typical March has twelve such days), occurring on the first day of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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After a January that was the eleventh mildest on record, February ranked even higher, at #8 (and it was the third mildest Leap Year February, behind 2012 and 1984). This was the third February of the past four to rank among the ten mildest. But despite it being the mildest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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According to Nielsen 62% of the viewers to 2020's Academy Awards telecast were women, so since the Oscars are considered the gay Super Bowl should I infer that the remaining 38% were gay men? The rating for the telecast dropped 20% from last year (6 million fewer viewers). Perhaps it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at ZeitGAYst
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JANUARY 1 - It was a raw and overcast first day of the year with the mercury mostly stuck at a seasonably cold 38° during the daylight hours. This was similar to conditions two days ago, except that day had rain. 8 - This was the last day of an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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January 2020 was the 11th mildest January on record (6.4 degrees above average). Only six days had below average temperatures; just one had a high of 32° or colder, joining 10 other years with either no such days or one. The month's highlight was the May-like temperatures during the second... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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After pondering the various weather events that occurred in New York over the course of 2019, my choice as the year's biggest story is a sizzling hot day in October. Although there had been 90-degree readings in October before, they were a long time ago - in 1927, 1938, 1939... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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December 2019 was the wettest month of the year and fifth wettest December on record (7.09" was measured). Much of its precipitation fell in the first two weeks of the month. In fact, the 5.05" that was measured during this period was the third greatest amount to fall in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at New York City Weather Archive
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This post was inspired by the first four days of December 2019, all which reported highs & lows in the 30s. The last time there was a streak of this length was in January 1998, when there was one of five days. Although days "stuck in the 30s" aren't rare,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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Like many boys I loved playing with toy cars (which I called "car-cars" as a toddler). I had Matchbox cars, Hot Wheels and scale models of cars that my godfather would give me (he got them from his brother who worked in an auto showroom). One of my all-time favorite toys was the Deluxe Playmobile, which was a battery-powered dashboard of a car with a steering wheel, ignition that created a purring motor sound when the key was turned, a horn, turn signals, and moving windshield wipers. And while I got a lot of pleasure playing with my cars, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at History As You Experienced It
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November 2019 was the 31st coldest November and 32nd driest (going back to 1869). It tied November 2012 as coldest November of this century. Nine days had lows of 32° or colder, the most since 2013 and well above the 21st century average of three. Looking at precipitation, the first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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2019 was the 40-year anniversary of me beginning my first job out of college (Penn State), which was working in the media planning department at New York ad agency Scali McCabe Sloves. This milestone had me thinking about the "primitive" work conditions I encountered in the spring of 1979 and the changes I've witnessed since then (most which didn't take place until the 1990s). At this first job the big advance was the IBM Correcting Selectric typewriter, which had a cartridge that enabled allowed the user to go back one space and erase a typo. Here are some other big... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at History As You Experienced It
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Although above average rainfall characterized October 2019, a day of sizzling heat at the beginning of the month is likely what many New Yorkers will remember. After having no days in the 90s in September, the high on 10/2 was a torrid 93°, 24 degrees above average - and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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September 2019 was the first month since October 2013 to have less than an inch of rain; it was the eighth driest September on record (0.95" was measured). Thru 9/20 the month had average temperatures; then the last ten days were eight degrees warmer than average, resulting in the month... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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August, much like June, had close to average temperatures (+0.3 degrees). Perhaps the most interesting story during this month of uneventful conditions was the twelve-day period from Aug. 17 thru 28 in which the first six days were very warm (average high/low of 89°/73°, including the month's three days in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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As July 2019 came to a close it appeared the month was about to join three other Julys from the 2010s ranked among New York's ten hottest Julys. As late as 3:00 PM on 7/31 the day's high/low was 87°/76°, and if that low temperature held the month would have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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We've come a long way. It appears gay story lines have become so commonplace that to make a show more unique an additional trait needs to be added to a gay character in order to gain viewer attention. That's the case with the sitcom Special, in which the gay lead... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at ZeitGAYst
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June 2019, like June 2018, was 0.2 degrees above average (this followed a May that was 0.2 degrees below average). However, this June's average high was 0.6 degrees cooler than last June while its average low was 0.6 milder. The first half of the month was 0.7 degrees cooler than... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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As meteorological summer gets underway (June 1 thru Aug. 31) a typical June will see two or three days with highs in the 90s. However, about once every five years no readings this hot occur; since 1869 there have been 31 years in which this has happened, most recently in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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Like the month preceding it, May 2019 was characterized by a surfeit of rainy days. There were 19 with measurable rain, which tied December 1972 and May 1973 for the second greatest number for any month. (The most days, 20, occurred in July 1871 and May 1888). However, May 2019... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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As we headed into the last week of April it appeared the month had a good chance of becoming either the fifth, sixth or seventh mildest April on record. But when the last five days of the month averaged five degrees cooler than average, it ended up as the 13th... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive
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I had been writing this blog for a number of years before learning that the National Weather Service doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time (the period roughly between mid-March thru early November). Instead, its reported observations throughout the year reflect Standard Time. Because of this policy, weather conditions that occur between... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at New York City Weather Archive