What Was the First Ball Drop In Times Square Like?!(Credit: NOAA Center for Environmental Information-Climate)
2016 is coming to an end and the New Year is here! Many people celebrate in different ways and one small example is the celebration that happens in Times Square, New York City. Thousands of people gather outside, braving the elements to watch the famous ball drop! So what was the weather like on the very first Times Square New Year’s ball drop way back in 1907? For spectators back then, the weather on December 31, 1907 was good. The day started out cloudy and then cleared by the afternoon with a daytime high temperature of 44°F coupled with an overnight low temperature of 35°F going into January 1st. These temperatures were warm in comparison to the current (2016) average high and low temperatures in Central Park (based on the average high and low temperatures between 1981-2010) with a typical high of 39°F and a low of 28°F. There was no rain or snow that New Years Eve, but as the clock struck midnight, the temperature dropped to 35°F with winds of around 20 mph. That brought the winter coats and gloves out in full force! To learn more about other past historic weather events from around the world, be sure to click here!
© Meteorologist Shannon Scully