New York ends record snow drought after 700 days

NEW DELHI: After a long wait, New York City finally saw its first significant snowfall in over 700 days. Central Park and other parts of the city were covered in a thin layer of snow, marking the end of a long snowless period.
“It’s been 701 days since Central Park last recorded an inch of snow on a calendar day,” announced the National Weather Service. The city had been eagerly anticipating this moment, and since midnight, an inch of snow had fallen at an official measuring point in Central Park. The total accumulation reached 1.4 inches since the storm began on Monday.
“The streak has ended!” proclaimed the National Weather Service. Residents in Brooklyn and other neighborhoods were seen clearing the snow from sidewalks after a long holiday weekend. In the northern suburbs, some schools remained closed, and there were minor delays in public transport.
For a city with a population of 8.5 million people, this prolonged period without perceptible snowfall was unusual. However, other parts of New York state, like the Buffalo area, experience more frequent and severe snowfall. In fact, during Christmas 2022, northern and western New York received over four feet (one meter) of snow, resulting in several fatalities.
The impact of climate change has affected the frequency, intensity, and unpredictability of snowfall not just in the United States but around the world. While New York City may not be accustomed to heavy snowfall, it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for such events due to the changing climate.
Finally, after a long wait, New York City has welcomed the snow, reminding residents of the beauty and challenges that come with the winter season.
(With inputs from agencies)
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