New York City experienced some noteworthy weather in 2013. We bounced between the extremes of our coldest March in seventeen years and a July with extended heat waves. In fact, we had 17 days this summer with readings at or above 90°F, which is two above normal. Despite these superlatives, the city’s average temperature for the year was 55.34°F. That is only 0.5°F above our long-term norm.
Precipitation in the Big Apple this year was erratic. We fluctuated between our second wettest June on record and our third driest October. In the end, though, we were mostly dry. The city received a total of 46.32 inches of rain for the entire year. That is 3.62 inches below normal. Snowfall, however, was abundant. February brought the city a blizzard that dumped 11.4 inches of snow in Central Park. March and December also delivered above average snow totals. For the year as a whole, the city accumulated 29.6 inches, which is 4.5 inches above average.
On the storm front, the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season left NYC unscathed. This was a welcome relief after being hit by major storms two years in a row – Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.
Moving into 2014, we are off to an active start. A winter storm warning is currently in effect for the city as a nor’easter makes its way up the coast.