Residents around New York Harbor were greeted on Thursday morning with a wicked winter storm. It arrived early in the morning and left early in the afternoon. In-between were intense snowfall rates, sleet, and strong winds.
By the end of the day Central Park reported 9.4 inches of snow, JFK airport had 8.3 inches and Newark airport received 7.8 inches. A bit less snow was found along the southern shore of the harbor. Keyport and Old Bridge both reported 4.5 inches of snow, and Cheesequake received 5.4 inches. Along Sandy Hook Bay where I live, there was close to 6 inches of snow and a thin layer of crunchy ice underneath.
So much for an early spring! I guess Staten Island Chuck was mistaken in his prediction of a speedy spring. But this shouldn’t be a surprise.
February is frequently the snowiest month of the year despite being a relative short month. In ancient times many Native American groups would track the seasons by giving each monthly full moon a name that would represent a common occurrence during the next 30 days or so. Quite a few eastern Native American groups would call February’s full moon the “snow” moon, because usually the heaviest snowfall was in February.
With many inches of fresh snow covering the landscape, spring seemed so far away today.