Friday, May 12, 2017

Coldest May on record for NYC area? Will it ever warm up? Are we closer to winter than summer?

After a relatively mild,snowless summer,it seems like Old Man Winter doesn't want to give up the ghost just yet even though we're only 5 or 6 weeks from the 2017 Summer Solstice. Due to the Jet Stream dipping unusually far to the south for this time of year, allowing for an unseasonable intrusion of the Polar Vortex into the Northeastern US, this spring is looking to be one of the coldest on record and certainly May 2017 could go down as the rainiest on record. It could also be one of the coldest Mays on record,as well. For an example; here's the listing of high and low temperatures for one such location in the northeastern US and the NYC area in particular; White Plains,NY; a suburban New York city in suburban Westchester County for how many days in a row in which high temperatures have been below normal for this location,the streak being current as of 11:30PM,EDT,May 12,2017, from

May 3:                63/45           64/46           -1/-1
May 4:                63/51           64/46           -1/+5
May 5:                60/48           64/46           -4/+2
May 6:                64/52           65/47           -1/+5
May 7:                54/46           65/47          -11/-1
May 8:                55/43           65/47          -10/-4
May 9:                58/42           65/47           - 7/-5
May 10:              61/45           65/47            -4/-2
May 11:              60/42           65/47            -5/-5
May 12:              61/43           66/48            -5/-5

-Consecutive days below normal: 10 straight
-Average departure from normal high temps: -5 degrees (60 degrees compared to 65 degrees being normal for this 9-day time period in early May)

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