Winter Storm Lashes Northeast Failing To End NYC Snow Drought

by | Jan 8, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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This weekend’s winter storm brought a substantial amount of snow to various parts of the Tri-State Area, yet the prolonged NYC snow drought continues. Despite the significant snowfall in the surrounding areas, the city’s residents woke up to a disheartening sight on Sunday – Central Park was barely covered in snow, insufficient for traditional winter activities like sledging.

The snow deficit in Central Park is noteworthy, with almost 700 days passing since the park has witnessed an inch of snowfall. This streak represents a remarkable deviation from the city’s usual winter landscape, highlighting the extent of NYC snow drought.

While the storm was potent enough to deliver impressive snow totals in areas north and west of the city, New York City saw a different story. Key locations around the city reported minimal snow accumulations before a swift transition to rain:

  • LaGuardia Airport recorded 0.3 inches of snow.
  • Central Park, a focal point for winter activities, saw a mere 0.2 inches.
  • JFK Airport reported the least with only 0.1 inches.

Areas outside the city, however, experienced a winter wonderland. Notable snowfall measurements include:

  • Over 14 inches in Plattekill, N.Y. (Ulster County)
  • More than 13 inches in Port Jervis, N.Y. (Orange County)
  • Over 13 inches in Wantage, N.J. (Sussex County)

Winter Storm Lashes Northeast Failing to End NYC Snow Drought

The quick transition from snow to rain in New York City disappointed kids and left runners in Central Park on Sunday morning navigating through rain rather than the anticipated snowy landscape, albeit steadfast in their New Year’s resolutions.

As winter unfolds, New York City clings to the hope of ending its prolonged snow drought. The city, known for its picturesque winter scenes, has experienced an unusual absence of substantial snowfall, leaving residents and tourists longing for a white blanket over its iconic landscape. It has been almost 700 days since Central Park last saw an inch of snow, a stark contrast to the bustling, snow-laden winters New Yorkers are accustomed to.

This weekend’s storm brought significant snow to the Tri-State Area, but in New York City, the snowfall was minimal and quickly turned to rain. While neighbouring regions like Plattekill and Port Jervis in New York and Wantage in New Jersey received over 13 inches of snow, New York City’s major locations like Central Park, LaGuardia Airport, and JFK Airport recorded snowfall of merely 0.2 to 0.3 inches. This meagre accumulation wasn’t enough for winter activities like sledging, leaving many disheartened.

However, the winter season is far from over, and with it comes the possibility of more snowfall. The anticipation for a snowy transformation remains high among New Yorkers. They eagerly await the day when the city is once again cloaked in white, restoring the classic winter charm that adds to the magic of New York City.

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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