New Yorkers, Be Thankful: This Will Be Just Our Second #Snowsgiving Since 1938

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By Ralph Hockens from New York, United States (Uploaded by Ekabhishek) via Wikimedia Commons
Central Park could see up to four inches of snow for Thanksgiving.
You probably didn't expect to spend Thanksgiving eve in snarled traffic or trudging through ankle-deep snow on your evening commute, but meteorologists say that's just your luck this year.

According to forecasters, a coastal storm will bring a blend of snow and rain to the city today (have you been outside? It's already here). The sloppy conditions are expected to complicate travel plans for New Yorkers who plan on escaping for the holiday. This will be just the second time since 1938 that New Yorkers have celebrated a white Thanksgiving. The first one, on November 23, 1989, broke Thanksgiving snowfall records, dumping 4.7 inches of snow on Central Park, according to a New York Times report from that year.

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Cuomo's $18.6 Million 'Weather Detection System' Wouldn't Have Predicted the Buffalo Storm Anyway

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The scene in Buffalo on Tuesday
The National Weather Service is predicting that a "significant" winter storm will arrive Wednesday morning and linger until early Thursday. The weather system will supposedly come in as rain, dousing the coast before freezing into snow in the afternoon.

But, grain of salt: This is just what the NWS is forecasting. And what do they know, anyway?

Take it from Governor Andrew Cuomo: The entire NWS might as well just be one old man on a park bench, licking his finger and sticking it in the wind. Here's what Cuomo said this past weekend at a press conference in the city of Buffalo, which was buried under an unprecedented seven feet of snow last week:

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Yes, It's Going to Be Freezing This Weekend. No, It's Not a 'Polar Vortex'

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Photo credit: Jonathan Percy via Flickr
Winter 2013-14 was a real pain.

Last winter, after parts of the eastern United States, including NYC, suffered an extended cold snap that broke all-time records in some places, the media latched onto the term: "polar vortex." It sounded movie-title-ish, like a sequel to The Day After Tomorrow, and so was bound to catch on. And it did.

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Video: Witness a New York Manhattanhenge (and Moonhattanhenge!)

Manhattanhenge: "It's one of the few times in New York City where you see people being friendly to each other," says Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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A Wall Under the Brooklyn Bridge Collapsed During Last Night's Crazy Storm

Image via @FDNY
Yesterday evening, New York saw one of those intense storms that makes summer in the city so memorable. The rain was sudden and absolutely torrential, and lightning cracked the sky for hours. Underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, a facade suddenly collapsed, injuring five people.

The Associated Press reports that about 25 feet of the facade, a decorative piece of wall under the bridge on the Brooklyn side, collapsed just before 8 p.m. There was no significant structural damage to the bridge -- other than, we guess, a piece of it falling off -- but the Daily News reports that a family was hit by falling pieces of wall. The family was standing right under the facade when it came down. Their four-month-old baby was knocked to the ground and promptly scooped up by a stranger, apparently unharmed.

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Photos: Manhattanhenge on Friday Was a Half-Henge

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All phtos by Leah Kozak for the Village Voice
Manhattanhenge showed up over the New York skyline this past Friday -- if only partially through the clouds.

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"Umbrellas Were Useless:" A Grumpy Dispatch From 1882, On the Rainiest Day in New York History

Categories: Rain, Weather

Photo by Flickr user Chris Ford
It's kind of pretty when you don't have to stand in it.
A happy, soggy May Day to all of you. You may have noticed a torrential downpour generating from the sky yesterday, soaking your hair, your laptop, your socks, your life, and generally making everything unbearable. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 5 inches fell in Central Park, the 10th soggiest day on record. There was flooding on both the West Side Highway and FDR Drive, as well as from the Bronx River. A flood warning remained in effect for the whole city and southern New York State until 9:15 this morning, and until 11:15 for the Bronx because of continued leakage from the river. And at Times Square, the weather decided to venture into the subway station:

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De Blasio Tries to Cheer Up Miserable New Yorkers: "We Are Tough by Nature"

This mayor has given so many press conferences about winter weather we ought to start calling him de BlasiSNOW, amirite?

On Wednesday, the mayor tried to console New Yorkers increasingly grumpy over the string of storms by telling them, "We are tough by nature... We don't give in to challenges." Next, he tried channeling the ghost of mayor Ed Koch, who used to say, "I wake up every morning and say to myself, 'Well, I'm still in New York. Thank you, God.'"

Even in on our darkest days, we can take comfort in our illusory superiority.

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Nasty Winter Storm Wreaking Havoc on New York

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It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages.

The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to four tenths of an inch of ice. The ice building up on tree limbs and power lines could cause power outages. The winter storm warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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New Yorkers Are Pretty Expletive Tired of All This Expletive Snow

Image via Twitter user @Beanielouisfab
But seriously. Eff this.
It's snowing. Again. It's real cold. Again. It's 30 degrees but feels colder, and the weather forecast says much of the city is currently experiencing something called "snow fog," which sounds absolutely disgusting. The National Weather Service is warning that we should expect six to eight inches, "treacherous" driving conditions, and terrible visibility. It's also heavy, wet snow that's hard to clear, or what they cheerily call "heart attack snow." According to the Federal Aviation Administration, flights arriving at LaGuardia are delayed by an average of 4 hours and 13 minutes. According to the Department of Education, the schools are open but field trips are cancelled, the cruelest combination known to man.

At this point, we've moved through all the stages of winter: initial wonderment and excitement, hot chocolate-making, mild complaining, major cabin fever, a brief feeling of relief at yesterday's miraculous 50-degree respite, and back to complaining. And today, finally, we've reached cursing. Lots and lots of cursing.

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