New York City’s drier and warmer winter has now broken a record for the longest snowless season, surpassing the record previously set by the 1972-73 winter.
On Sunday, the Big Apple officially passed the record for the most extended season without measurable snow, with the last snowfall having been recorded on March 9, 2022.
Other I-95 cities like Boston and Philadelphia have similarly reported a drier and warmer than usual winter with the latter not having seen more than a tenth of an inch since November 1.
Boston has seen just over a quarter of its average powder over the same period.
New York City’s drier and warmer winter has now broken a record for the longest snowless season, surpassing the record previously set by the 1972-73 winter
This photo was taken a year ago on January 29, 2022. The last snowfall in New York City was recorded on March 9, 2022
The Big Apple has been set to see snow, but the flurries turn to rain before hitting the ground in the famous city.
‘The record for the latest measurable snow is today — and obviously, we’re going to be way too warm to see anything resembling snow,’ Fox Weather Meteorologist Christopher Tate told The New Port Post.
‘The latest first snow on record is January 29, 1973, and we will break that today because we will not see snow today,’ Tate said.
For snow to fall, the air must be cold enough to turn the precipitation into snow.
New York City has yet to experience those conditions this year.
‘It’s been a very, very, very mild winter for New York City this season. It’s been just so unseasonably warm this winter thus far,’ Tate said.
It’s been an unseasonably dry season for the Big Apple
No measurable snow has fallen as of January 29
It’s a stark change from typical weather conditions in the city
‘The times that we’ve had moisture in place, it’s just been too warm to support anything besides the three times we’ve seen flurries this season,’ he continued.
According to the Weather Channel, the last time New York City saw measurable snow was on March 9, 2022.
It’s entirely out of the ordinary for the Big Apple which typically gets hit around mid-December.
Measurable snow is considered anything greater than one-tenth of an inch, according to the National Weather Service.
There is, however, the potential for New York City to finally see snow next month.
February is typically the snowiest month in the city.
‘There are some very, very early indications that there might possibly be something at the end of this week or early next week,’ Tate said.
Early indications show snow could fall in February, according to one Fox meteorologist
February is traditionally the snowiest season in the Big Apple
A snowless New York City this week. The city saw its first flurry of the season on Wednesday
New Yorkers take cover during the first snow flurry of the season
Outside of NYC, cities up and down Interstate 95 – which runs from Maine all the way down to Florida – have also been left without any measurable snowfall so far this winter.
Along with Boston and Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland have also seen little to no snow this season.
Newark, New Jersey, has seen just a tenth of an inch so far.
Boston has seen about seven inches of snowfall since November, but that is well below the thirty-year average of about 24 inches.
The issue is also impacting ski resorts in the Northeast.
What is typically considered ‘peak season’ for ski season in states like Maine and Vermont, has been shuddered by the warmer temps.
‘Recently, it’s simply not been cold enough for many ski resorts to effectively make snow,’ Spencer Spellman, senior editor for On The Snow, told Fox Weather.
Baltimore and Washington tend to also see snowfalls by mid-December, but with their more southern locations, late-season snowfalls are more common. The two cities have both gone until February without snow before.
The latest Philadelphia has ever gone was February 3, except the 1972-73 winter when no measurable snow fell.
In upstate New York, snowfalls have also been unseasonably low.
In Syracuse – typically one of the snowiest cities in the country – 24 inches have fallen this winter, which is three feet less than its average for this part of the winter.
Rochester has seen a mere 15 inches, well below the 50 inches it normally sees by mid-January.
Martin Haslinger clears snow from the front of his home in Buffalo in December
But in nearby Buffalo, record-setting snowfalls have pummeled the city all year.
More than 100 inches of snow have fallen on the city over the course of a series of vicious blizzards that buried the city in December.
Over half of that snowfall came in a single storm last month.
The city typically sees about 60 inches of snow by this time in the winter.
The southwest has also seen unusual snowfalls, including in Reno, Nevada, where at least 18 inches have fallen, already pushing past its 30-year average of 12.2 inches.
The northern Lake Tahoe area saw about 18-feet of snowfall in December – the most accumulation that month in the past 142 years.
And though it hasn’t converted into snow, over the past weeks California has been continually drowned in a deluge of ceaseless rain and flooding.