"On March 20th, this year's equinox, the northern hemisphere—our part of the Earth—starts tilting close to the sun. That fact alone means it has to warm up." —It is horrifying on every level that we need to have a "news" story like this, but perhaps the most horrifying part of all is just how comforting I'm finding it.
"Due to the amount of snow on the ground, warming temperatures and rain, Greater New Yorkers face a new set of winter hazards on Thursday. These will come from above and below in the form of black ice, slushy street corner puddles and chunks of snow and ice falling from buildings." —Yes, you will probably be soaked by some form of solidified moisture as you wend your way through town today, but just remember the classic New York City adage "If it isn't jizz, go about your biz" and keep moving. (Unless it is, in fact, jizz, in which [...]
"It will get down to the teens tonight and stay cold through Wednesday. Then comes another storm. If it dumps snow, it could bring 10 inches. If it’s rain, it could be the most we’ve had since December. If it’s something in between, it will be a huge drag." —I saw a weather forecast at the end of last week that ended with, "March 1st is only 3 weeks away!" So that's where we are. The prophecy was true. When the most optimistic thing the weather people can [...]
Extended: Tuesday-Wednesday: Another Deep Freeze. Highs, mostly in teens. Thursday-Friday: Less harsh. High near 32.
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) January 26, 2014
Do not be fooled by the current conditions outdoors: like all good things they are ethereal and serve only to remind you just how transient happiness is in even its most relative state. No, this short spate of temperatures that could be best described as "not freezing" will swiftly give way to the resumption of the perpetual cold under which we have been crushed since what seems like time immemorial. But there is good news on the horizon: the week's end will find us in a [...]
I have been trying to find any kind of upside in the coming onslaught of weekend snow and rain but the only thing I can come up with is that it will at least make things a little more unpleasant for the battery of urinating Santa kids flooding in from Paramus and Ronkonkoma. I guess that's something.
Two friends of mine of got in an argument once while they were on mushrooms about which of them liked weather more. It went on for hours, which surely felt like days or months at the time. And, in fact, feels like an eternity to some people who know them and still have to hear about it now, decades later. Safe to assume, though, that neither of them likes weather as much as "weather enthusiast and photographer" Martin Rietze, who took this time lapse video from sunset to sunrise atop Germany's tallest mountain, the Zugspitze. The music that accompanies it makes you feel like you're in a spa [...]
Okay, so the bad news is that we are looking at what could potentially be 8 inches or more of snow from Sunday night into early Monday evening. Even if that amount ends up being substantially less, temperatures will continue to remain lower than usual for the foreseeable future. The frigid weather will serve as a constant reminder that the world is cold, empty and meaningless. The sun will rise and then set and the darkening sky will settle in as you huddle beneath a blanket on your couch, the glare of the television screen the only light in your life, the [...]
"Central Park received 8 inches (20 centimeters) yesterday, a record for the date…. Snow will start falling across Boston and New York again later today, the National Weather Service said. Freezing rain and sleet will join the mix later tomorrow…. New York is expected to get anywhere from 4 to 8 inches, with northern parts of Manhattan and the Bronx seeing the most, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, on New York’s Long Island. 'It’ll start off as all snow, everywhere, and then change over to freezing rain between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. through the morning,' Pollina said…. [...]
We did not know to call it Day One at the time. Only later, working our way backwards, we saw this was the day when it began. We were huddled inside. We'd purchased all the prepackaged naan bread at the deli. The expensive deli, not the cheap one. We had milk, coffee, books. Winter had been something of a joke so far.
The Internet still worked back then and Weather Dot Com named the coming storm "Anus" for some reason. Most people laughed and went to work.
Most of them wouldn't make it home again. A curtain of frozen dust began to fall from the sky, fine enough to [...]
— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) November 27, 2013
You're not crazy, the weather is absolutely baffling. I mean, you are crazy, but it has nothing to do with the weather, it is just the constant beat of anxiety running through your brain: they're going to figure out I'm worthless, everything I do will go wrong, I was never any good, all I am to other people is a disappointment, etc.—all that stuff, apart from being true, is what's making you crazy, because of the way it continually loops [...]
"Meteorological summer, the period from June 1 to Aug. 31, is over and the Northeast Regional Climate Central (NRCC) has released provisional data from these three months. The NRCC reports that every state in the Northeast except West Virginia experienced a summer that was warmer than usual, while seven of the 12 Northeast states sweated through a summer that ranked among their top 20 warmest. Summer was also extremely wet in the Northeast: every state received more rain than normal, up to an additional 4 inches more in some places." —Ugh, I totally wasted my meteorological summer. It feels like it ended before I had a chance to do [...]
Let's pretend for a minute that there is a Hell, that bad deeds actually do draw the punishment promised by Scripture: Would you be going there? How great are your crimes? We'll assume your sins against society are actually of the venial variety, mostly of omission and usually just because you're worn out and it's easier to get whatever it is you need done by cutting a few corners, morality-wise. Our putative judge in this scenario would probably be inclined to let you slip through either on points or because His basis for comparison offered such a dispiriting palette of depravity, detestation and downright disregard for the common courtesies [...]
Update: Light snow, on & off until 1pm then clearing skies move in. This is the 8th time that we've had snow this month
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) February 26, 2014
Look, I know at this point we are all tired of winter, and the fact that it is freezing and there's still snow right now and more snow in our future—even as March is so close that we are already coming up with excuses to cancel on the plans we halfheartedly agreed to earlier in the month—is at the very least disheartening if not downright depressing, it is important for us to remember that life is terrible, [...]
The ground beneath your feet is pitted and wrecked, the mighty towers in which you took so much pride rain death down on the heads of those passing below, and yet another massive storm wends its way toward your desolate environs. Look upon the ruin that you call your city and despair, New York. This is what happens when you let the Democrats back into Gracie Mansion.
"The truth about 'wind chill': Does it even really exist?"
If you were awake at 5 a.m. because, say, you were caught in the great airline horrors of the snow times followed by the JFK Delta plane skidding off the runway times, which closed down that airport and sent a ripple effect of delays and cancellations across the country, you would have seen the bizarre sight of New York City gripped in a low-lying fog. It was rather twinkly and luxurious actually! Or if you are awake now, this morning, perhaps you have seen the nutzo downpour, with the tornado-green sky over Manhattan and the deep grey over Brooklyn, trash and bottles flying and umbrellas breaking everywhere. But it gets [...]
Weatherman: Thanksgiving Eve Superstorm Will Bring The Utter Destruction Of All American Travel Plans And Dreams
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) November 22, 2013
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) November 22, 2013
America's weather-predicting boyfriend and repentant airplane user Eric Holthaus came out with a doozy this morning that'll rock your holidays: a foot of snow maybe, the day before Thanksgiving, give or take, hurricane force winds on the Eastern seaboard, general mayhem, rain across half the country, people eating each other alive in airports, turkeys brined in grandmothers' tears.[...]
The stereotype about New Yorkers (or, you know, one of them) is that we love to complain, although as is the case with most things in life that is pretty much true of everyone everywhere—have you ever heard of a place whose tourism slogan is "The City Where No One Complains"?—New Yorkers just tend to do it more loudly and frequently plus it has a wider audience because the news and a bunch of the culture are made here. Anyway, there are a couple of days each year where the complaints—which are indeed annoying, stereotypes or not—are actually a kind of community conspiracy in which we are all ostensibly whining [...]