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  • December Showers

    We usually have an average of .3” of snow by now. After the record warmth for November (tied with November 2001 for warmest on record), that isn’t happening anytime soon. This morning’s rain ends tomorrow night, but there’s a lull in the rain tomorrow morning with just clouds, fog and mist for Wednesday morning’s commute. Thursday morning begins sunny and quickly turns windy with a seasonable December chill in the 40s. Wind chills Thursday will feel like the 30s with gusts to 30 mph. Friday and the weekend will be seasonably cool with sunshine, around 50. That sunny weather lasts until Wednesday of next week. Rain returns by next Thursday. The solid 7-day stretch of sunshine is a problem for the ongoing drought: 3.5” less than average rain for Fall. 9.7” less than average rain for the year. (Today’s rain helped us exit the top 10 list of driest years on record…to be in the top 15 is still rather significant). Since our first frost was so late, I don’t see any significant warm-ups in the next two weeks, only better chances for colder air by the middle of December.

  • Surfing the Mild Wave

    Not even a half inch of rain fell after the pair of dreary days. The next 10 days will only further deplete the city’s reservoir system, currently at 80% capacity (average level for early December is 82%) After today’s milder than average start at 53°, dry gusty breezes to 25mph will make the afternoon feel cooler despite the afternoon sun bringing us to a 51° midday temp. Winds relax tonight under clear sky, and Friday morning starts cooler, in the 30s. Under mostly sunny skies, highs make a run for 60 degrees on Sunday. Tuesday’s rain threat is diminishing, with the system likely swinging out to sea. That would keep us dry and mild through the middle of December .

  • A Change For The Better

    After two days of rainy weather (about .43”) followed by gusty westerly winds from 25 to 30 mph, nicer weather returns just in time for the weekend. High pressure is currently centered over Illinois and will slowly move east and off the coast by late Sunday early Monday. The high will bring a comfortably cool air mass to the region with highs around the mid-50s and lows around the mid-40s Saturday through Monday. Our next round of much need rain will be Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
  • Warmer Still

    Some of the mid-month weather guidance puts record warmth across the Eastern US (including us) by December 14. Two highlights long range: we miss all the moisture as next week’s rain swings out to the Atlantic; the 2nd half of December is forecast to be more active. Enjoy the mild, sunny and calm weather while it lasts! Temperature records are in the 70s this weekend, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the near 60° warmth on Sunday.

  • Nice Weekend Weather Thanks To High Pressure

    Nice weather takes us through the weekend as high pressure moves east across the Ohio River Valley. Clouds will increase be Monday night as low pressure is forecasted to ride up the Mid-Atlantic coast. At this time, it looks like the low will be nudged far enough east so that we have a good chance of remaining dry.

    Have a safe and pleasant weekend!
  • Near-Record Warmth on the Way

    I was wrong about this past weekend being so mild, because this upcoming weekend is forecast to be even milder. Highs will likely be in the low 60s by this Saturday and Sunday, a few degrees shy of the records in Central Park, tying or breaking the records at the airports. Until then, the remainder of this workweek will be just above average, in the upper 40s tomorrow and Wednesday thanks to dry northerly winds. Those cooler breezes are aided by a storm system that stays just offshore tonight, bringing in clouds this evening. Highs today should climb into the mid-50s under mostly sunny skies.

  • A Short Cool Down

    Pleasant weather continues with high pressure to our west. Developing low pressure off the North Carolina / Virginia coast will bring an increase in clouds tonight and early Tuesday. Clouds and a northerly winds will bring cooler temperatures to the borough through Wednesday. Well above average temperatures return Thursday through Sunday with highs from the mid-50s to the mid-60s under a mix of sun and clouds. The next best chance of much needed rainfall will be on Monday of next week.
  • Five to Fifteen Above

    The milder trend continues this week, peaking on Saturday with highs in the mid 60s. Today’s sunshine will warm us to five degrees above average. The gap from average to actual widens to fifteen above average by Friday. The forecast highs for Saturday are already sitting in record territory at some climate stations. Sunday will be just as warm. These numbers could go higher, closer to the weekend. As of today, weekend highs are 18° above average. Late next week (December 15-18th) is the first time the Arctic air makes a dip into the Northeast this month. That will start the trend to the forecast more active second half of December.

  • Is this December or October?

  • Warm December

    So far, this December has been 6.3° above average. That trend will continue into this weekend. Gradual warming begins tomorrow with a cloudy morning, then a sunny afternoon. As record highs will be broken on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the airports when highs reach the mid 60s, the warmth continues into the middle of next week. Additionally, Monday’s warmth will have a bit of a humidity component to it as well. The next chance for rain is on Monday. Cooler weather arrives again by Friday of next week, but that will only bring temperatures back to average. The really cold, typical December weather won’t be in place until the end of the month, at least. The chances of a White Christmas are very low.

  • December’s Recess

    Record warmth this weekend could last into next week as
      Below is a chart of the records
    for this weekend, including Monday’s very warm weather.
    Forecast is in white.
    New potential records are in orange.
    As the rest of the month is forecast to be
    well above average, new information points to this warm trend lasting into
    early January.
    The pattern change next weekend will still bring a more active weather
    scenario to the northeast with more frequent rain events, but snow is unlikely.


  • #whereiswinter

    An extension of summer returns this weekend with high
    soaring into mid 60s.
    With 10 days left until Winter, the warm weather is
    trying to squeeze out every last degree.
    Typically, snowfall by today’s date is
    3”; however, it hasn’t snowed in only two Decembers since 1878: December 2006
    and December 2011.
      If this trend
    continues, this month could be the third.
    The mild weather lasts through next
    week, at least.
      By next weekend, our
    first shot of cold air arrives, and will likely bring temperatures down to
    freezing for the first time this month.
    the boroughs, at least six record highs are expected to be broken beginning
    Despite clouds on Sunday, temperatures should warm to the mid 60s.
    Rain arrives Monday evening.


  • Records Again

    After all the warm, and sunny weather yesterday, today will feel a bit cooler with clouds and fog. Some records will still fall, however. Steady rain rolls in after 6pm tonight, and ends with a brief thunderstorm after midnight. Tomorrow morning begins sunny with highs in the low 60s. The rest of the week slowly cools down before this upcoming weekend’s sharp chill. We’ll reach freezing for the first time this month on Friday and Saturday night, just in time for Winter on Monday night. Temperatures bounce back next week for another warmer than average couple of days.

  • Chances are in the air

    So far we have had above average temperatures for the month of December with record breaking temperatures averaging 15 to 20 degrees above average for the weekend. Changes are in the forecast for this week as low pressure moves out of the plains and heads northeast over the next 48 hours. This low will bring a chance of much needed rain to the borough tonight. Rainfall amounts are forecasted to average around .25” during the late overnight hours. A clearing sky, gusty winds and cool temperatures are in the forecast for Tuesday. Get ready for a gradual cool down this week with highs in the 40s by the weekend.
  • 11 Degrees

    Daily high records were broken last night as the temperature spiked to 68 degrees before the rain arrived after 2am. To date, the average temp for December is 11 degrees above normal. Highs will be about 22 degrees above average for the rest of today. A pair of mild, sunny days arrive for today and tomorrow. Thursday has rain all day, with seasonably chill weather returning for Friday. The weekend will be sunny, with average cold. Record warmth returns after Winter arrives Monday night. Christmas Eve and Christmas day are forecast be the warmest ever recorded. (Temps only have to reach 63 and 64 degrees, respectively. Highs will probably be closer to 70—that’s Christmas picnic weather if it doesn’t rain. (Which it might…more details on that later this week)

    There is a 1-3% chance of a White Christmas.

  • Gusty Winds and Record Breaking Temperatures

    The gusty winds that peaked to 34 mph at Central Park and 37 mph for LaGuardia and JKF will relax tonight under a mostly clear sky. We also has record breaking temperatures at Central Park of 68 degrees and 64 degrees at JFK.

    High pressure will dominate for tonight with increasing clouds for Wednesday. Low pressure will move in from the southwest bringing us another round of much needed rain for Thursday.
  • Is it Climate Change?

    Not really, but this warm weather is totally El Niño’s
      After today’s cooler clouds and
    tomorrow’s chilly rain, the brief feeling of winter with wind chills in the 30s
    on Saturday doesn’t last long.
    Saturday’s gusts could rival yesterday’s at
    Sunday has less wind and seasonably cool weather with sun.  Another record-setting stretch of warm
    weather returns beginning Tuesday as rain lingers into the Christmas Eve
    Christmas Day forecast: 

  • If it were snow…

    Today’s rain will drop about an inch of water across the borough. If it were snow, that would give a fresh 3-4 inches of heavy wet snow, or 10 inches of light fluffy snow. Since there’s no snow-making cold air in the forecast, we remain simply wet today, as well as for next week’s rain that arrives before Christmas. Once this afternoon’s heaviest of the rain ends, sunshine returns tomorrow with wind and cold in the forecast for Saturday. Wind chills will be in the 30s all day Saturday. Monday and Tuesday turns milder again with steady rain arriving Wednesday. Santa can affix the waterski attachments to his sled—up to 2 inches of rain falls next week with a 1-2 punch system of rain running through Christmas Eve.

  • Adios Fall!

    Since December has average 12.4° above normal, you may wonder if Winter will ever come? Starting tomorrow, the wind chill of 19° at daybreak will finally signal a change in seasons. Gusts tomorrow night near 40 mph. Not exactly wind advisory criteria, but close. But does it last? No. Milder weather is back as soon as Monday. Record highs are still likely on Christmas Eve and Day; however there is quite a bit of rain forecast for all next week starting Tuesday.

  • An Interesting Week Ahead

    After a weekend of highs from the low to mid-40s, the mercury will be on the rise as a southerly winds return the region. Temperatures will climb through the 50s and 60s and possibly reaching 70 degrees by Thursday. There is a chance of record breaking temperatures for the following days this week:

    Wednesday: Average High: 41 - Forecast High: 61 - Record High: 66 – 1990

    Thursday: Average High: 40 - Forecast High: 70 - Record High: 63 - 1996

    Friday: Average High: 40 - Forecast High: 65 - Record High: 64 - 1982

    Like last week, a cold front will move across the plains bringing us a slight chance of rain tonight through Tuesday and a better chance of rain Wednesday through early Thursday morning.
  • Above Average and Wet!

    Other than a scattered shower or drizzle through the evening and the overnight, we will have to deal with patchy areas of potentially dense for and overnight lows in the 50s. Another round of rain that may be heavy at times is in the forecast for Wednesday and Wednesday Night. A southwesterly flow will also continue to bring warmer than average temperatures to the boroughs for Christmas week.

    Possible record breaking temperatures:

    Average High...Forecast High...Record High

    Wed: 41...................61...............66 – 1990
    Thu: 40................... 72...............63 - 1996
    Fri: 40......................65...............64 - 1982
  • Merry Christmas!

    Over the last 24-hours we received rainfall amounts of:
    1.56” at Central Park
    1.46” at LaGuardia
    1.56” at JFK

    Temperatures were 28 to 33 degrees above average for this date with the following record breaking temperatures:

    Central Park: 72…Old Record of 63 set in 1996
    LaGuardia: 72…Old Record of 63 set in 1990
    Kennedy: 69…Old Record of 58 set in 1990

    Forecast High Record High

    Fri: 64 64 - 1982
    Sat: 53 63 - 1982
    Sun: 63 63 - 1949
  • Ice and Wind

    Midday clouds and very light afternoon sprinkles help to
    moisten the atmosphere for tonight’s main event.
    Much of this afternoon’s rain
    evaporates before reaching the ground, helping to cool the atmosphere for
    tonight’s ice.
    Beginning around 7pm tonight, ice pellets and freezing rain
    begins falling, creating an icy glaze on cars and handrails by midnight.
    miss out on any snow this time around, but icy conditions will make driving/walking
    slippery where untreated.
    It will be a little too warm for any glaze to accrete
    on streets; however, elevated subway platforms may be slippery.
    Starting around
    2am, the changeover to rain begins in Brooklyn, turning that borough just plain
    wet by daybreak Tuesday.
    Most of the city changes to rain by 5am, but the ice
    keeps falling until 8am in the Northern most hills of the Bronx.
    Heavy rain follows
    until noon, washing away any icy accumulation by 9am.
    Winter weather advisories
    are posted for counties surrounding the Bronx, but not any borough in the city.
      Our weather service office doesn’t break up
    the boroughs when issuing a low-threat alert such as winter weather advisory—it’s
    either all or none.
      In tonight’s case,
    so far, they chose none.
    (They WILL break up the city, however, into 6 forecast
    zones for more severe storm events)

    Winds pick up tonight: gusting to 20mph after dark, 30mph by
    midnight, and 40 mph by daybreak tomorrow.
    You’ll hear the ice pellets pinging
    off the windows all night long.
    Tomorrow morning will be the windiest part of
    the day, with gusts over 40mph, and normal winter-like cold: wind chills should
    be in the 20s for tomorrow morning with briefly heavy rain until noon.

    Rain and wind both subside by 1pm Tuesday, leaving just
    clouds for the remainder of the day.
    Wednesday will be sunny, in the 50s, about 12 degrees warmer than
    The weekend is cooler.


  • Wet and Windy

    High tides are 2-3 feet above normal in Brooklyn thanks to
    the gusty east winds.
      The best wash over
    the bulkheads occurs between 9 and 11am along Jamaica, Sheepshead and Gravesend
    Coastal Flood Advisories last until 11am at those locations. By midday,
    all of today’s rain and wind will be history as just clouds and cool, calm
    breezes remain for the afternoon.
    Sunshine is back tomorrow; however, some
    extra clouds could linger from the overnight into the morning.
    Tomorrow and Thursday
    will be in the 50s.
    Early clouds and sprinkles Thursday morning clear out by
    midday, leaving the New Year’s Eve proper nice and dry.
    Cooler weather arrives
    for Friday, lasting through Monday.
    first day back to school will be in the 20s next Monday, staying around
    freezing most of the day.
    The rest of next week is milder and dry.


  • Cloudy and Cool

    Today’s weather will start cloudy and stay cloudy all day. Winds will be light, and temperatures stay cool, but just above average. Rain arrives tonight as light and spotty showers return for a few hours after dusk. The rain ends after midnight and skies clear by dawn bringing a full day of sunny, milder weather to end the year. Highs tomorrow reach 12° above average. Tomorrow night will remain clear, but turn cooler. Ball drop weather is breezy and chilly. Midnight temp: 39° Wind chill around 30°. Heading into midtown? The wind will be blowing directly across the street grid, from the Hudson to the East River (from West to East). Temperatures keep dropping into the weekend. The coldest weather will be on Monday morning, when the day begins in the 20s.

    Milder weather arrives Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s the warmest we’ll get before another cold snap next weekend.

  • A Quiet End To 2015
    Clouds, showers and fog are in the forecast through the overnight and into Thursday. Gradual clearing will take place during the day and a northwesterly winds will keep our temperatures cooler, but still above average for the end of December.

    New Year’s Eve Forecast: Mostly clear, breezy and cold by the midnight hour with temperatures either side of 40s degrees.

    Happy New Year 2016!
  • Average Cold Coming

    Today will be our last day for at least a week where the
    afternoon high is anywhere near 50 degrees.
    After a sunny midday, cooler
    breezes begin to filter in some Arctic air for the weekend.
    By Monday and into Tuesday,
    wake up weather will be in the 20s.
    The wind chill will be in the teens. On
    Monday, in fact, the temperature may not even climb above the freezing point
    all day.
    All this cold air keeps moisture away, so significant rain or snow
    chances are little to none; however, there will likely be some passing flurries
    with the bitter cold late Monday.


  • Bitter Cold

    This morning already feels like the low 20s with wind. Tomorrow’s feels-like temperature will be 2 (not a typo). Winds pick up today, gusting to 35 mph, while a few flurries could fall this afternoon. This afternoon will feel like the teens. Seasonably chilly weather returns by Wednesday—our next day above the freezing point. Sunshine remains through Thursday, with increasing clouds and temperatures by Friday. Plan on plain rain Saturday and Sunday.

  • A Short Blast of Bitter Cold

    High pressure over the northern Great Lakes region will continue to bring a blast of bitterly cold air to the borough tonight through Tuesday. Temperatures will moderate by mid-week as our wind profile comes from a west to southwesterly direction. The next best chance of rain will not be until Friday and or Saturday.
  • Polar Vortex

    Today’s ridiculous cold is not the Polar Vortex. While the Circumpolar Vortex (actual name) is stronger than usual this year, today’s cold isn’t related. This is proof why it’s colder this morning in NYC (11°) than Anchorage (30°), Barrow (16°) and Fairbanks (14°), Alaska. Wind chills made it feel like -6° or -3° at dawn. Today’s highs will feel like 20° at best. Sunshine all day leads to a clear sky tonight, dropping actual air temps back into the teens. Tomorrow afternoon will be our first time back above the freezing mark since late Sunday night. Weekend rain arrives as soon as Friday evening, with on/off showers through Sunday as milder weather brings highs to 12-15° above average all weekend.

    Prolonged cold returns next Tuesday.

  • Trending Warmer for Midweek

    Tuesday was another very cold day for the boroughs with temperatures 11 to 13 degrees below average. Sunshine and lighter winds made it feel a bit more comfortable than Monday. We’ll have another very cold night with temperatures falling to the 20s. The high pressure system that brought the bitterly cold temperatures will drift south over the next 24 hours which will bring a warming trend to the region that will last through the weekend.
  • A Touch Milder

    Today will feel like a typical winter day, but the kind
    where the air doesn’t hurt your face (reference below).
    Calm winds and sunshine
    help the highs reach 41° by this afternoon.
    Most of tonight hovers above the
    freezing mark because light SW winds begin to sweep in milder air.
    That milder
    air takes temperatures into the mid 50s by Sunday.
      Clouds arrive on
    Friday with light and spotty showers Friday night and Saturday.
    Sunday brings
    back the heavier rain.
      Following the wet weekend is another round of cold
    that lasts into next weekend.


    This cartoon was making the rounds yesterday:

  • Dry and chilly weather through Friday

    Mostly clear and cold for tonight as high pressure dominants the region. The high has begun to draw a milder air flow from the southwest that will gradually increase our temperatures through the weekend. The warmer temperatures will be accompanied by periods of rain that may be heavy at times Sunday. Another round of cold weather returns next week.
  • Pick of the week!

    Today and tomorrow’s highs will reach the mid to upper 40s under mostly sunny skies. Prefer more sun? Today is your day. Don’t mind the few clouds that arrive early tomorrow, as they don’t bring the weekend rain until late Friday night. Saturday is cloudy and damp with spotty sprinkles, but rather dry compared to Sunday’s soaker. Winds pick up, allowing at least 1 inch of rain to fall Saturday night and Sunday morning. Temperatures spike into the mid and upper 50s. Rain ends by Sunday evening, but a cold wind replaces any mild air by Monday morning, keeping wind chills in the 20s for much of next week. Flurry chances are increasing for Tuesday with a weak system nearby as the cold weather persists through next Friday.

  • Above Average Temperatures w/Rain This Weekend

    In spite of the afternoon clouds, this was not a bad day for the boroughs as temperatures were 4 to 7 degrees above average. The quiet weather continues for tonight, but increasing clouds are in the forecast for Friday with a slight chance of a few showers Friday night into Saturday. Another, more significant round of rain and gusty winds moves in late Saturday into Sunday with periods of rain that may be heavy at times. Potential rainfall amounts of an inch are in the forecast by Sunday Night. Get ready for another blast of cold air with highs in the 30s early next.
  • Wet Weekend

    The entire weekend won’t be a washout: just Sunday gets that title. Today is our last dry day until Monday. Sun plays hide and seek with the clouds through the middle of the day today. Temperatures will be just a mild as yesterday, in the 40s. Tomorrow starts with a quick shower before dawn, and then stays just plain cloudy and mild until another brief shower gets us wet later in the afternoon. The steady rain arrives after midnight to start Sunday on a soggy note. Winds will gust to 25 mph all morning, and rainfall approaches an inch by noon. The heaviest of the rain will be on Sunday morning. Total rain may approach 2 inches with higher amounts falling to our north over our reservoirs (their levels are still slightly below average). The showers taper Sunday evening with gusty breezes to push out the mild 55 degree air. Wind chills will be in the 20s most of next week while sunshine dominates the forecast through next Friday.

    There is no guarantee of any blizzard next weekend, but given easy access to one-hard-to-find raw weather model data, dreamers can dream. “18z GFS” has been trending for 12 hours now on twitter thanks to weather weenies wishcasting a storm. There is little to no confidence in any weather event that doesn’t last from run-to-run, and only shows up on one deterministic prognostication (read: weather model) of many.

  • Much needed rainfall Sunday:
    Central Park: 1.80” Record
    LaGuardia: 1.42” Record
    JFK: 1.33”

    After a day of sunshine, gusty winds and temperatures 3 to 4 degrees above average, we’ll have a brief push of colder air for Wednesday and Thursday. Also there is a chance of rain / snow showers late Tuesday and Tuesday evening as an Alberta Clipper crosses the region. Snow accumulation is forecasted for about .2 of an inch and ending after 9PM (Sorry Snow Lovers). High pressure builds in behind the clipper so temperatures will rise late this week.

  • Wednesday was a day of sunshine, gusty winds and temperatures 4 to 6 degrees below average for this time of the year.

    Central Park: 30/22…Peak Wind Gust of 35 mph
    LaGuardia: 31/24…Peak Wind Gust of 51 mph
    JFK: 31/24…Peak Wind Gust of 40 mph

    We have a slight chance of snow flurries/snow showers prior to Thursday’s early morning commute. A dusting or less can be expected.

    Stay Warm!

  • Sugarcoating

    The superfine snow that’s leaving a dusting on cars will be gone once the sun comes out, by 9-10am. This afternoon will have clear skies and highs in the mid 30s. Tonight stays above the freezing mark. Tomorrow brings sunshine to start, then afternoon clouds will lock in tomorrow’s warmth of near 50 degrees. Saturday begins very wet, with heavy downpours similar to last Sunday. Skies clear by Saturday afternoon and temperatures drop into the 20s and 30s for most of next week.

  • Much Milder

    Highs today will reach the low 50s under partly sunny skies. Clouds roll in this afternoon, leading to light sprinkles during the evening rush. Steady rain begins closer to midnight as temperatures stay well above freezing. Tomorrow begins soggy, but the rain will be over by early afternoon, and some clearing if even possible for a few sunny breaks before dusk. Sunday is much colder with clouds and flurries that linger into Monday. Monday and Tuesday morning’s wakeup wind chill will be 9°. Gusts to 35mph plus a fresh Arctic air mass will help keep things chilly all next week. The more active pattern long range continues into next weekend.

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