New York City ranks fourth longest without snow

New York City ranks fourth longest without snow

New York City is on its fourth-longest stretch without snow, forecasters confirmed Thursday.

The Big Apple in Central Park has seen 314 days without any measurable snow, according to NBC4’s weather team. This puts 2022-23 in fourth place behind 2002 with 319 days without snow and 1972-1973 with 320 days.

The record was set in 2020 when the city went 332 days without significant excitement.

New York City has seen only traces of snow so far this winter — below normal and significantly less than the same time last year, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. Typically, the Big Apple sees its first snowfall in early December.

The last recorded snowfall in NYC was January 29, 1973 fox weather.

Aside from Buffalo, New York and Caribou, Maine, which were badly hit by the bomb cyclone during the holiday season, total snowfall in the eastern United States so far this season is well below normal, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported this week.

There is a low chance of snow in the city later next week as a range of storm systems will affect the area with the potential for moderate to locally heavy rain, NWS reported. However, warm temperatures could be the wrench in the works.

The climate crisis and the current La Nina weather pattern are the main reasons for the lack of snow, meteorologists say.

Rising greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, are raising average global temperatures, leading to a myriad of outcomes, including more extreme weather. The past eight years have been the world’s hottest eight on record, the United Nations confirmed this week.

Winter is the fastest warming season in much of the United States, and like everywhere else, New York City will experience more severe climate impacts in the coming decades. These will likely include less snowfall and more winter rain.

The world is also in the third year of a La Nina, a natural, cyclical cooling of parts of the equatorial Pacific affecting weather around the world, and the downside of El Nino-induced warming.

The El Nino and La Nina phenomena are one of the greatest natural impacts on climate, sometimes amplifying or masking the human-caused climate crisis.

While New York City remains unseasonably warm for the time of year, the state has not escaped the brutal conditions this winter. In late December, snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures ravaged parts of upstate New York from the bomb cyclone that swept large parts of the country.

Nearly 40 people died in the Buffalo-area during the holiday in the region’s deadliest storm in generations. Thousands of homes were left without power and neighborhoods cut off by more than a meter of snow.

With additional reporting from AP

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