Central Park 2nd Wettest Annual Precip

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY

423 AM EST SUN JAN 1 2012

…STATEMENT ON RECORD ANNUAL PRECIPITATION AT NEW YORK CENTRAL

PARK…

1983 WAS A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR ANNUAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE

NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA. DURING 1983…RECORDS WERE

ESTABLISHED AT NEWARK…LA GUARDIA…AND JFK AIRPORTS…AS WELL AS

AT CENTRAL PARK. RECORDED ANNUAL PRECIPITATION FOR 1983 AT THE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEATHER STATION AT CENTRAL PARK TOTALED

80.56 INCHES…MORE THAN ANY OTHER YEAR ON RECORD. THIS

RECORD…HOWEVER…HAS BEEN IN DISPUTE SINCE 1983…WHEN THE ANNUAL

SUMMARY OF THE LOCAL CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA PUBLICATION FOR CENTRAL

PARK…PUBLISHED BY THE NOAA NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA

CENTER…INDICATED THAT 1983 PRECIPITATION WAS DETERMINED BY NWS

EASTERN REGION TO BE EXCESSIVE DUE TO MALFUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT.

THIS ISSUE HAS RECEIVED RENEWED INTEREST AS 2011 TOTALED 72.81

INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AT CENTRAL PARK…THE SECOND HIGHEST TOTAL

MEASURED.

TO INVESTIGATE AND RESOLVE THE RECORD PRECIPITATION ISSUE AT CENTRAL

PARK…A TEAM COMPRISED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE EASTERN REGION HEADQUARTERS…THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA

CENTER…THE NEW YORK STATE CLIMATE OFFICE…THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL

CLIMATE CENTER…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS AND THE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK…N.Y….WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE

ANALYZED THE 1983 PRECIPITATION DATA FOR BOTH CENTRAL PARK AND

SURROUNDING SITES. THE TEAM ALSO REVIEWED LOCAL SERVICE RECORDS AND

CLIMATE LOGS AND CONSULTED WITH A FORMER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

EMPLOYEE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE 1983 DECISION AT NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE EASTERN REGION HEADQUARTERS.

GIVEN NO DOCUMENTED RECORD OF A MALFUNCTION IN THE PRECIPITATION

GAUGE…AND NO CLEAR EVIDENCE OF ERRONEOUS OBSERVATIONS WHEN

COMPARED TO SURROUNDING STATIONS…THE CONSENSUS OF THE TEAM IS THAT

THE 80.56 INCH ANNUAL PRECIPITATION VALUE FOR 1983 AT CENTRAL PARK

IS REPRESENTATIVE AND THAT HAD AN EQUIPMENT MALFUNCTION

OCCURRED…IT WOULD NOT HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED THE ANNUAL

PRECIPITATION TOTAL.

FURTHER ANALYSIS OF THE 1983 PRECIPITATION DATA BY THE NATIONAL

CLIMATIC DATA CENTER RESULTED IN A DETERMINATION TO CERTIFY THE 1983

ANNUAL PRECIPITATION RECORD AT CENTRAL PARK…THUS MAKING IT

OFFICIAL. WITH A TOTAL OF 72.81 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED AT

CENTRAL PARK LAST YEAR…2011 WILL OFFICIALLY BE REGARDED AS THE

SECOND WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD AT CENTRAL PARK…WITH 1983 AS THE

WETTEST.

IN SUMMARY FOR CENTRAL PARK IN MANHATTAN…

DURING 1983…80.56 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION OCCURRED WHICH WAS 30.62

INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND IS THE OFFICIAL RECORD FOR ANNUAL PRECIPITATION.

DURING 2011…72.81 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION OCCURRED WHICH WAS 22.87

INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND IS THE SECOND HIGHEST ANNUAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNT.

PRECIPITATION RECORDS FOR CENTRAL PARK DATE BACK TO 1869.

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