NYC Word of the Day: “thundersnow”

American news outlets are finally calling attention to Boxing Day – of course, we are all still totally clueless as to what exactly Boxing Day is, but it sounds more dramatic to say Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010! SNOMG!

But how will my food delivery guy get to me!?!

Yes, if you live in New York City or were trying to travel into, out of, or through it in the last 24 hours, you are well aware that up to 31 inches of snow covered the area in last night’s blizzard. Usually, news people get way ahead of themselves when dropping hot words like “blizzard.” However, they weren’t kidding this time. Sure, the storm was only “technically” a blizzard outside of Manhattan proper, but we for once agree with the rounding up of the news:

[F]or all its bluster and powder, the monster storm was technically a blizzard only outside of Manhattan. The winds in Central Park only topped out at 36 miles but were not sustained over a period of three consecutive hours, nor was the visibility under a quarter of a mile for that period — both requirements to qualify as a blizzard.

“We didn’t quite make the criteria in Central Park,” said Matt Scalora, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Central Park. “But we did meet the criteria at J.F.K. Airport and La Guardia,” he added.

Thank you New York Times, for some reasonable coverage (unlike that Paterson piece, eh?). Besides, even if it didn’t technically qualify as a blizzard, Manhattan did experience “thundersnow”, which is truly apocalyptic:

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is a rare kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It commonly falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of extratropical cyclone, where the precipitation consists of ice pellets rather than snow.

This weather craziness reminds us of another eerie phenomenon that occurred earlier this year: the Brooklyn Tornado. “Dude, get inside BRO!”

In a crisis, these two are definitely who you want in charge the people you shove past on your way to safety. Sigh, home nature videos are the best.

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