Added: 11/11 8:30AM PST See update below. Records were set over the past two days at Central Park, but the 144 Year old record still stands.
Dr. Ryan Maue has been tracking the forecasts for the Northeast, and the result is…ah, chilling. Maue says the “polar vortex” is responsible for the exceptionally cold and dry air invading the Northeast USA.
He goes on to say that the all time record for New York City of 22°F forecast by morning in NYC would be coldest, earliest temperature on record.
The previous earliest record of reaching 22°F was Nov 13, 1873. The 21°F expected for NYC would be the coldest in 144 years. Further up Long Island, temperatures are expected in the teens.
A record low temperature that lasted 103 years has already been set in Central Park according to the National Weather Service:
RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 0245 AM EST SAT NOV 11 2017 ...RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT CENTRAL PARK NY... A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 25 DEGREES WAS SET AT CENTRAL PARK NY YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 27 SET IN 1914. Source: http://w2.weather.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=okx
The rest of New York State will be even colder by morning, with temperatures in the teens to hovering near zero.
UPDATE: here below is what NWS New York said this morning. Overnight winds kept temperatures from falling to record lows. I’ve updated the title from “144 year earliest cold record for New York City to be broken – new 103 year record low already set” to “103 year record cold low for New York City set” to be accurate going forward.
Two records for cold were broken in the last two days.
RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 0801 AM EST SAT NOV 11 2017 ...RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT CENTRAL PARK NY... A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 24 DEGREES WAS SET AT CENTRAL PARK NY THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 28 LAST SET IN 1933.
Record low temperatures were set at 5 of our 6 climate sites this morning. Temperatures will only rise into the mid to upper 30s this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/queX7mE4fY
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) November 11, 2017