Surprise! Waking up today, what did I find but another few inches of fresh snow falling on the ground. It was another marshmallow day around New York Harbor.
It didn’t take long for soil and sidewalks to be covered with more snow. Just yesterday most of the ground was bare of snow. The first time that occurred since it was covered from the great 2016 blizzard a few weeks back.
All total, around Sandy Hook Bay we had about three to four inches of snow from this storm, mostly on grassy surfaces. The recent series of 50-degree days had warmed the roads enough so snow melted instantly. By noon, the sun was coming out from behind the clouds and temperatures are expected to rise to the upper 30s or low 40s, melting away some of the new snow.
Yet, we probably should get used to more snowy days. February is normally the snowiest month of the year. Quite a few storms seem to pick up added moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and track northeast along the Atlantic seaboard, usually passing about 150 to 250 miles off the Jersey Shore. A combination of rain and cold equals a snowy month.
The good news is that February is also the shortest month of the year, and the sun is climbing higher and higher each day, bringing with it more daytime and more warmth. The days are getting longer and there is a slight increase in heat. Perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel.