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February 16th, 2007---: Here we are already halfway through winter, and up until the other day, we hadn't seen any wintry type weather at all! That changed on Valentine's Day when NYC received a mixed bag of snow, freezing rain & ice. Most of what fell was freezing rain, with only a little bit of snow towards the tail end of the storm. Driving was next to impossible, so I decided to hoof it around the area to take some pictures. I hopped the subway into Manhattan and was greeted with slippery sidewalks, and taxi cabs that just didn't know when to slow down! Several almost ran me over...lol. All was good though, and I managed to get a few decent shots that I've posted on the site. Scroll over the "photos" button and select the "New York" icon. Check them out when you get the chance! In other news, temperatures have been well below normal for the better part of a month now. I'm really looking forward to the spring!!
June 28th, 2007---: It's certainly been a while since I've updated this page. But, now that summer is here, the updates will be more frequent. With summer, comes thunderstorms....and that's exactly what we experienced today!! We had one lone storm form right on top of my neighborhood here in Central Queens around 3:30 this afternoon. It didn't last long, but it was INTENSE!! Lots of lightning, high winds, and torrential rains. My rain gauge recorded .25 inches of rain in just 10 minutes! You may have seen some of my video this evening on The Weather Channel. If not, Click Here to view the full 90 second clip!
July 18th, 2007---: Yesterday Queens, NY saw some of it's most extreme weather in quite some time! Between 7am and 11am yesterday morning, my rain gauge recorded 3.70 inches of rain! I grabbed my camera and headed out the door around 9am and set up shop on 58th Street in Maspeth, Queens. This location is known for it's flooding, and yesterday verified this big time. I rolled video for about 10 minutes at this location, and got shots of many trucks and cars trying to negotiate the flooded streets. All in all we saw 4 seperate rounds of storms move through my area, each one bringing with it a deluge of rain. And, to top things off...Islip, NY which is out on Long Island had a confirmed tornado! Today looks to be another active day here in Queens so I'll be ready with my camera once again. I've posted a bunch of video stills from yesterday on my "New York" photos page, be sure to check them out!
August 4th, 2007---: Last night was certainly one to remember! It's not often that we get really good late evening thunderstorms here in NYC, but we made up for that last night! I started noticing lightning in the distance around 10pm and quickly booted up my computer to see what was going on. Sure enough, there were a line of storms moving through northern NJ, and they were heading right for us. I grabbed my camera gear and headed out the door. It took a while since the storms weren't moving that fast, but when they got here they put on one heck of a show! To view a 2 1/2 minute video clip, click on the link below. In other news, we're currently experiencing our first real heat wave of the summer. Temperatures over the past few days have been in the low 90's, with dewpoints around 70! Today we'll see the same, and tomorrow is also promising to be another scorcher!
August 3rd, 2007- Queens, NY Late Evening Severe Storms
August 9th, 2007---: Well yesterday will be one for the history books! An EF2 tornado touched down in Staten Island, and then moved into the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn area where it did extensive damage to homes and businesses. This storm was completely insane! I've already been asked countless times "why weren't you there?"..lol. Aside from the tornado hitting at 6:30 in the morning, tornadoes are so rare here that it wasn't really something I was thinking of when I awoke at 6am to the sound of thunder. And, tornadoes here are different than your typical midwest tornadoes. I can guarantee that this tornado was completely rain wrapped and wouldn't have been visible until it was on top of you.
I do wish now though that I would of at least filmed some of the storm, but even if I would of decided to film, I wouldn't of been in Brooklyn, I would of filmed from my area of Queens, NY. So in the end, I watched the entire storm from my bedroom window. There wasn't much in the way of cloud to ground lightning strikes from what I saw, but man oh man were there tons of flashes. Literally every second there was a flash of lightning. My area also received about 2 inches of rain in less than an hour! All in all, an incredible day! The National Weather Service has completed it's survey of the damage caused by the storm, to read the full report, click on the link below!
August 8th, 2007- Brooklyn, NY Tornado Damage Assessment
October 25th, 2007---: So far this fall season we've been way above normal temperature wise. There have been several days this month where we reached the 70's, even a few 80 degree days mixed in there as well! And this unseasonably warm weather has really delayed the fall foliage here in the city. Actually, some of the trees are going straight from green, to brown. While some color can be found on certain types of trees, for the most part, many of the trees still have retained their green leaves. Today I will be heading over to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens to document some of the fall foliage, lol....but I don't think I'll be getting a ton of stuff. Still though, there should be enough color to make the drive over there worth it. Things are forecast to cool down to more seasonable levels over the coming days, so it seems that we're finally slipping into true fall, all though it's a month late!
November 14th, 2007---: After a long stretch of above normal temperatures, fall has finally arrived here in New York City. Well, it actually started chilling down last week, but I haven't had time to update the website until now. Today however, we're experiencing above normal temps in the 60's. But this will not last long at all as the coldest air of the fall so far is forecast to move in here by late this week. What's really amazing is that many of the trees in my area still have retained their green leaves! Yes, there are fall colors everywhere, but there are still a good amount that are mostly green. This will change very soon as the colder air settles in. But it really is odd having trees with many of their leaves intact this late into November. By now, most of them are usually bare. As far as what this upcoming winter will bring?..we'll see!
December 25th, 2007---: Merry Christmas to everyone! And wow, it's hard to believe that another year has pretty much come and gone! Seems like yesterday I was contemplating how 2007 was going to turn out, and now I'm doing the same for 2008. As far as our weather here in NYC, it's been up and down temperature wise, but so far we really haven't had any major cold snaps. A few cold days so far this month, but nothing too bad.....yet! This week our temps have been in the 40's, and today being Christmas, we're a bit above normal with temps in the mid 40s under partly sunny skies. We're just now beginning to enter the time of year where major nor'easters become more and more likely, time will tell if the NYC area will see another whopper of a storm this winter, or if we'll get off lucky.