Weather: Record Cold Hits the City (This Is May?) – The New York Times

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You’re right. May is not supposed to be this cold and wet.

But by midweek, temperatures will warm up and the rain will go away, giving all of us the nice weekend weather we earned by not calling out sick on this dreary May 14.

Tuesday will be wet and chilly ☔️

There’s a chance of rain mostly after 9 a.m. The sky will be gray, so whether or not it actually rains, it will definitely feel as if it could rain.

The day will start in the low 40s and might reach a high only in the low 50s in the afternoon.

If that last number doesn’t mean much to you, consider this: On May 14, 1882, the high was 50. That temperature set a record for being the lowest high temperature of any May 14 since record-keeping began in the city.

Yes, our high temperature today is expected to be only a couple of degrees higher.

But we did set a record yesterday. Monday’s high temperature was just 48, making it the lowest high temperature of any May 13 since the city started keeping track. Before that, the record was 50, set in 1931.

Wednesday, everything changes 🌦

The day will start in the mid- to upper 40s but will quickly heat up. Temperatures will hit the mid-50s around 11 a.m. and the 60s by 1 p.m.

The high will be only a few degrees below normal.

Thursday, Friday and the weekend 🌤

It will finally feel like May.

The expected highs on Thursday and Friday, in the upper 60s, would be just slightly below average. Saturday and Sunday should be in the low 70s, which is on par for this time of year.

What can explain all of this?

Cold air moved in and, in my unofficial terminology, it has overstayed its welcome.

Or as Melissa Di Spigna, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told me, “It’s a very, very slow-moving pressure system.” That system, she continued, gave “us cloudier conditions, breezier conditions and colder air.”

“It’s finally supposed to move east of us on Wednesday night,” Ms. Di Spigna added. So, Wednesday “could be a little showery, off and on.”

What’s the big picture?

This May has been colder and wetter than usual.

So far this month, New York City’s temperature has been, on average, about one degree below normal, Ms. Di Spigna said.

As for the rain, we usually have about an inch and a half by this point in May. So far, Ms. Di Spigna said, we’ve gotten about three inches of rain.

Andy Newman, my self-described meteorologically obsessed colleague, offered additional context about the unseasonable weather:

From May 13, 2018, through May 12, 2019, there have been 62.24 inches of precipitation. That number is usually just under 50 inches, meaning that precipitation in the past 12 months has been 29 percent above normal.

Also, “most of that excess fell in a remarkably wet second half of 2018, during which precipitation was 55 percent above normal,” Mr. Newman said. “The first four months of 2019 were actually 3 percent drier than normal.”

Then, of course, May rolled round.


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The Times’s Derek Norman writes:

Winter has come (and gone) in Winterfell.

Now a “Games of Thrones” tour has come to the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan.

The museum is hosting its final “Thrones” tour tomorrow at 6 p.m. Inspired by the HBO series and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the event will explore the parallels between the television show and the museum’s “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism” exhibition.

[A “Game of Thrones” watching guide]

For example, did you know that Mr. Martin was inspired by Mongols of the 13th and 14th century when creating the fictional Dothraki culture?

But we won’t spoil any more.

“The exhibition was conceived around two interrelated narrative threads: one more abstract related to models of political legitimacy, such as religious mandates to rule,” said Karl Debreczeny, a senior curator of collections and research at the museum. “And the other is more concrete, tantric ritual technologies to physical power, what we would today call magic.”

In both the fictional and real world, one common theme was the right to rule and how it was taken.

“In a word,” Mr. Debreczeny said, “power.”

Tomorrow’s tour is free with museum admission.

It’s Tuesday — and as Tyrion Lannister said, “Never forget what you are.”


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I was on an M116 bus. A big fellow got on and sat down next to me.

“Your shoelace is untied,” a woman sitting across from him said.

Looking down, he saw that one of his laces was indeed untied so much that he might have tripped over it.

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