February is generally the snowiest month on the calendar for New York City, and this year it was extreme. With 29 inches of snow accumulating in Central Park, it was the city’s second snowiest February on record. First place belongs to February 2010, with 36.9 inches. On average, we typically get 8.8 inches of snow for the entire month.
Rainfall was also abundant in NYC this February. We received 5.48 inches, which is 2.39 inches above average.
In terms of temperature, the Big Apple was unusually cold. Overall, we had 11 days where our high temperature did not get above freezing. While we also had a few unseasonably warm days, the extended periods of extreme cold brought the city’s average monthly temperature down to 31.7°F. That is 3.3°F below normal.
Graph Credit: The Weather Gamut
This weekend, much of the eastern United States is enjoying a welcome relief from what has been a long and brutal winter. Temperatures are soaring well above average across the region making it feel like spring.
In New York City, the high temperature in Central Park reached 54°F yesterday and it is expected to climb into the mid 50s again today. Last Sunday, the mercury only made it to 30°F. Our normal high for this time of year is 43°F.
With feet of snow on the ground, these mild conditions have caused rapid melting throughout the area. Although this has caused ice to fall from tall buildings and some localized flooding, many winter-weary New Yorkers are enjoying this early spring preview.
This warmer weather can be easy to acclimate to, but it is still February and winter is not letting go just yet. Cold conditions, including another arctic outbreak, are expected to return over the next few days.
The first patches of green lawn seen in weeks on the Sheep’s Meadow of Central Park are revealed as temperatures warm and snow melts. Image Credit: The Weather Gamut.
A massive winter storm walloped the East Coast of the United States yesterday. The impacts of snow, sleet and freezing rain were felt from Georgia to Maine.
Here in New York City, the storm came in two parts. The first round brought us 9.5 inches of snow. Coming down at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour, it piled up quickly. Following a lull in the afternoon, round two produced heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and another 3 inches of snow. In the end, this classic nor’easter dumped 12.5 inches of heavy, wet snow in the Big Apple.
So far this February, the city has received 25.7 inches of snow. On average, we usually get 25.1 inches for the entire winter. This season, to date, we have accumulated 54 inches of snow in Central Park, making it our 9th snowiest on record.
More snow is forecast for the weekend.
Coming on the heels of a very snowy January, a series of winter storms slammed the midwest and northeastern U.S. this week. From snow to sleet to freezing rain, the region saw a bit of everything.
Here in New York City, Monday’s storm dumped 8 inches of heavy, wet snow in Central Park – setting a new daily snowfall record. Only two days later, another weather system brought the Big Apple a wintry mix that included 4 inches of snow topped with about 0.25 inches of ice.
These two storms brought the city’s monthly snowfall total up to 12 inches and it is only the first week of February. On average, we usually receive 8.8 inches for the entire month. Overall, local snowfall has been running above average this winter season with 40.3 inches of accumulation to date.
While more snow is on deck for the weekend, NYC is not expecting significant accumulation, contrary to earlier reports.
Today is Groundhog Day, the midway point of the winter season.
On this day, according to legend, the weather conditions for the second half of winter can be predicted by the behavior of a prognosticating groundhog. If the groundhog sees its shadow after emerging from its burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring will arrive early.
In New York City, our local weather-groundhog is Charles G. Hogg – more popularly known as “Staten Island Chuck”. Earlier this morning, he saw his shadow and is predicting another six weeks of wintry conditions for the Big Apple.
On the job since 1981, Staten Island Chuck’s “forecasts” have been correct about 82% of the time.
Charles G.Hogg, VII – the resident weather groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo in New York City. Image Credit: SILive
January is typically the coldest month on the calendar for New York City and this year it was brutal. We experienced several arctic outbreaks and saw ice form on the Hudson River. Overall, we had twelve days where our high temperature did not get above freezing. While there were also a few unseasonably warm days, the multiple bouts of extreme cold brought the city’s average monthly temperature down to 28.6°F. That is 4.4°F below normal.
In terms of precipitation, the Big Apple was very snowy with 19.7 inches of accumulation recorded in Central Park. On average, January usually brings the city a total of 7 inches of snowfall. According to the NWS, January 2014 is now ranked as NYC’s 8th snowiest January on record. Rainfall, however, was lacking. The city only recieved 2.57 inches, which is 1.08 inches below normal for the month.
Graph Credit: The Weather Gamut
Snow was abundant in New York City this month. In fact, it was one of our top ten snowiest Januarys ever.
In Central Park, the city received 19.7 inches of snow this month. That is 12.7 inches above average. According to the NWS, that makes January 2014 the Big Apple’s 8th snowiest January on record. It is also a significant departure from last January when the city only accumulated 1.5 inches for the month.
Data Source: NOAA
The weather system that clobbered the Deep South yesterday also delivered a glancing blow of wintry precipitation to New York City. The NWS reported a dusting of 0.8 inches of snow in Central Park.
Courtesy of a prolonged cold snap, this modest accumulation fell on top of the snow cover still in place from our last major storm. For some winter weary New Yorkers, it was too much.
Message written on a snow covered car in mid-town Manhattan. Image Credit: The Weather Gamut.
The New York City section of the Hudson River almost never freezes completely. But, with high temperatures only in the teens the past few days, the river is currently churning with ice.
Near the city, the Hudson is an estuary. Fresh water flows down from the north and salt water moves in from the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Since salt water has a lower freezing point than fresh water, it is usually only the fresh water, floating on top of the denser salt water, which freezes. This process forms ice floes – sheets of floating ice that oscillate with the tide.
The last time the Hudson River froze completely, according to historical records, was January 25, 1821. The temperature in the city that day was a frigid -14°F.
Looking west, toward NJ, a NY Waterway Ferry navigates the Icy Hudson River. Image sent in by David M, a Weather Gamut reader.
Detail of ice floes on Hudson River, January 23, 2014. Image Credit: The Weather Gamut.
A major winter storm dumped heavy snow from the Mid-Atlantic states to New England yesterday. With some areas getting more than a foot of accumulation, records fell across the region.
Here in New York City, we received 11 inches of powdery snow in Central Park. That is a new snowfall record for the date, according to the NWS. The previous record of 6 inches was set in 2001. The city’s snow total for the month is now 17.4 inches. On average, we normally get 7 inches for the entire month of January.
Moving in from the mid-west, this storm started out as an Alberta Clipper. This type of system does not typically produce much snow, as it originates over land. This one, however, intensified when it reached the eastern seaboard and morphed into a nor’easter with heavy precipitation.
NYC taxi making its way through heavy snowfall. Image Credit: The Weather Gamut.