The months of the year, classified according to the weather in New York

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Simon said it best when he wrote the song “The Only Living Boy in New York” in 1969.

“I can gather all the news I need on the weather report,” wrote Simon, who grew up in New York. Like anyone who has spent time in New York, Simon knows that the weather can determine everything you need to know about how your day will go.

I don’t watch cable news so I don’t have a traditional weather forecaster, but I do have Twitter push notifications for @nymetrowx. It’s become one of the best resources I have for knowing what the world looks like outside my window.

John Homenuk, who studied meteorology at Kean University, runs the account. He describes the New York Metro Weather as “the hype-free NYC weather forecast” and shares updates with over 50,000 followers.

Here’s how he described how he found his voice (via Gothamist):

“We’re all New Yorkers, aren’t we? Everyone here knows the stuff, whether it’s complaining about the weather or enjoying hearing about the weather or whatever people like to talk about. So I thought, let’s focus the conversation more on what the impacts are going to be on the everyday New Yorker, which is getting to work or walking to the coffee shop or going to happy hour. And instead of the jargon, let’s just have a conversation and make sure people can understand what’s going on. And since then we’ve seen the interaction increase and it’s been a lot more fun for us too, just talking to people and meeting people and seeing the account grow.

The account posts memes and GIFs and uses a lighter tone than most users when encountering weather reports.

But my favorite thing about the account is that it uses a 0-10 numbering system to describe the “mood” of the day. This note gives a simple answer on the comfort of going out in New York.

So when Evan Zamir recently ranked the months of the year on Twitter and our staff decided to do the same, I immediately thought: what if I used the average daily rating for each month to help determine my ranking?

Homenuk loved the idea and gave me a spreadsheet with an archived note for each day, dating back to May 2021, and I was able to find my results. My method was simple. I simply took the average score for each day to rate each month.

Then, like a college professor, I rated each month on a weighted scale based on the overall best month. For example, if the best overall month has an average rating of 7.43 and the sixth best month has an average rating of 5.77, divide the second number by the first and you get 77.6%, which gives a C+ at school.

Below, you can find the data-backed rankings of the best months in New York. Remember that these ratings are not based on my opinion and there are shocking surprises to reveal in this list! Global warming has a crazy impact on winter.

If you don’t live here, note these results when booking travel plans:

TO TASTE – “I feel like below freezing this morning, and in the single digits most of the day. The vibes are way too cold, man. (January 15, 2022 // 2 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 3.23

WEIGHTED SCORE – F

EXAMPLE – “Heat index up to 107F this afternoon. Wildfire smoke in the sky. Vibes are bad. A great day to be extremely indoors. (August 12, 2021 // 0 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 3.61

WEIGHTED SCORE – F

EXAMPLE – “We start the day with a light wintry mix and freezing rain, fading to a cold drizzle. Temperatures peaking in the upper 30s later. Struggling to find many redeeming qualities here. (February 7, 2022 // 1 of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 3.89

WEIGHTED SCORE – F

EXAMPLE – “High is in the lower 30s. Strong northwesterly winds. That’s not it, man. (March 28, 2022 // 2 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 4.71

WEIGHTED SCORE – D

EXAMPLE – “SpongeBob wrote a song about being indoors and I think it was meant specifically for days like this. Feels like the lower 100s this afternoon with heat and humidity. A few isolated strong storms are possible. It sucks. The vibes are bad. (July 21, 2022 // 1 of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 5.12

WEIGHTED SCORE – D+

EXAMPLE – “We’re talking now! Sunny and warmer, with highs in the upper 60s and a nice breeze. And it’s Friday! The vibe is great!” (April 22, 2022 // 9 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 5.70

WEIGHTED SCORE – C+

EXAMPLE – “Cloudy and gloomy start, warm temperatures near record highs this afternoon, showers and strong winds later in the night. Vibrations are everywhere in the dang place!” (December 11, 2021 // 5 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 5.77

WEIGHTED SCORE – C+

EXAMPLE – Sunny, maximum in the mid 60s, low dew points. Ridiculously nice for this time of year. The vibes are so good. (November 8, 2021 // 10 out of 10)

SCORE – 6.03

TO NOTE – B-

EXAMPLE – Think of today’s weather like most dates. It starts well, but after a few hours everything starts to go downhill. Next thing you know, they’re still talking, but you’re texting your best friend planning to watch Netflix in an hour. (October 21, 2021 // 3 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 6.45

WEIGHTED SCORE – B+

EXAMPLE – 75. Sunny. Cry pumpkin spice tears in the club. (September 25, 2021 // 10 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 6.70

WEIGHTED SCORE – A-

EXAMPLE – “We’ve been patiently waiting for this one, and it’s finally here. Partially sunny skies, light breeze, low humidity and high in the upper 70s. The vibes are immaculate!! » (May 29, 2022 // 10 out of 10)

AVERAGE SCORE – 6.95

WEIGHTED SCORE – A


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