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Winter in New York City

February 10, 2010 -- Blizzard Hits Brooklyn

By Lou V

The economy has rebounded since last winter -- it no longer hangs like a pall over everything that goes on, although impending financial troubles in Greece have brought the Dow Jones down under 10,000 as January slips into February. Still, things are better than last winter, although not if you just bought a Toyota. Part of the backdrop to winter in NYC, 2009-2010.

In the US, it has been a winter of major snowfalls in Virginia and the Washington DC area, and less snow in the Northeast. The Virginia/Maryland/DC area got successive foot to two-foot snowstorms in late January/early February. Finally, on Feb 10, mother nature aimed a blizzard squarely at the Northeast, with NYC in the eye of the major snowfall amount.

Blizzard Hits Brooklyn, and Staten Island Too -- Not So Sure About Manhattan

The 'blizzard' hit NYC town on February 10 -- at 11pm the night before, accuweather.com had a map that showed NYC would be in the eye of most snow, getting 12-18". NY1 on tv said it'd be 6-10". Weather.com said mostly nothing about accumulation totals. In actuality the snow started before midnight and by 6am on Feb 10 there were 3 inches on the floor. By 11pm, Staten Island had 17" on the ground; Brooklyn had a lot too. Manhattan -- 8 to 12", and seemingly less, since the snow melts as soon as it hits the ground there.

It didn't seem like a blizzard; more like a major snowstorm with heavy winds. I was in Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn all day, as my son was getting his tonsils out -- we watched the storm rage outside the windows.

Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, from the windows of Long Island College Hospital, on Feb 10, 2010. [Click to enlarge.]


Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Feb 10, 2010; Brooklyn got probably 12-14 inches. This shot taken with Casio Exilim EX-S10. [Click to enlarge.]

Same shot as above, taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 camera. [Click to enlarge.]

Gas Station on Atlantic Avenue, Feb 10, 2010. In 25 years, this will be a nice period piece. [Click to enlarge.]

My daughter and I went out for dinner at 8pm; we hit a pizzeria on Atlantic, and brought back some slices for my wife. "Where's the 50-mph winds?" I asked. Soon as I asked, we got HIT with WIND.

Atlantic Avenue from inside Pizzeria on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Feb 10, 2010.

Brooklyn Street in snow. About 10-12 inches down by this time.

NYC Sanitation plows on Court Street in Brooklyn.

Borough Hall, Brooklyn, Feb 10, 2010, taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 camera.

At 9pm we headed back to Staten Island via subway, Staten Island Ferry, and Staten Island Rapid Transit. Manhattan looked like it got 3 inches of snow. In actuality they got 8-12 inches, but the snow melts when it hits the sidewalk in Manhattan, and there are so many plows. I didn't feel the need to take any pictures in Manhattan.

Staten Island was hard hit; Channel 7 reported that Great Kills got 17", the most reported anywhere in the city. Schools were closed on the 10th, but Mayor Bloomberg at 7pm on the 10th, in his ivory tower aka Manhattan, announced they'd be open for the 11th.

Staten Island -- Great Kills got 17", one of the most hard-hit areas in the city according to Channel 7 news.

Cars in front of Great Kills Service Station, Feb 10, 2010 at 11pm.

All pictures on this page above taken with a Casio Exlim EX-S10, unless specified otherwise (aka a Panasonic Lumix).

December 19, 2009 -- First Major Snow of Season in NYC

December 19th featured the first major snowfall of the season; we got about 5 inches. A family walk at night on Staten Island yielded the pictures below, using a Lumix DMC-ZS3 with flash on.

First significant snow fall in NYC for winter season 2009-10 -- pix on Staten Island, December 19, 2009.

Staten Island on Dec 19, 2009.

Family walk on Staten Island; Dec 19, 2009.

Eating the snowflakes on Staten Island, Dec 19, 2009.

Cars in snow on Staten Island, December 19, 2009. No flash.

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