Snow in October!!! Competing with Halloween!!
The weatherman touts the approaching snow with the facts that makes this indeed record-breaking snow. It is very unusual to have snow in October in New York, and especially just before Halloween. The early season snowstorm was the result of unseasonably cold air mixing with a storm system on the East Coast.
Saturday 29th October 2011 will become part of past records dating as far back as 1876. And will be the fourth occurrence in that many years.
It is important to note that the reference to “record” is not the amount of snow measured, but the fact that it occurred in OCTOBER.
This is only the fourth time the city has had snow before Halloween – and it’s the most by far. By 8 p.m., Central Park counted 1.3 inches of snow, beating out the previous record of .8 inches for October. The final tally was expected to hit 5 to 8 inches.
Most people are fatigued by the media and newscasters over hyping any little snow storm (you would think if they have lived with this all their lives, it just becomes another occupational hazard to deal with in a busy lifestyle). So the expectation that this would be anything to even consider (2 inches of non settling snow).
So for once, the media did not hype this to nauseam and the Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in issuing emergency declarations for their respective states. A refreshing situation of less media hype and states well prepared to execute cleanup services.
Forecasters’ predictions of power outages and downed trees in some areas bore fruit, as hundreds of thousands were without electricity as of Saturday afternoon. The reason is that the moisture content — thus density — of the falling snow was particularly high given temperatures hovering around the freezing point.
The powerful nor’easter caused flight delays and some areas experienced loss of electricity.
Our Metro-North train service was suspended on the busy Harlem line north of North White Plains due to numerous downed trees.
The snow isn’t expected to linger for long, and when looking outside my window, the ground is already visible and roads and sidewalks had been cleared. Already a distant memory.
I took a walk to our little village to capture the unusual event and Halloween decorations, now covered by snow.