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Monday, December 27, 2010

Blizzard


In a city of extremes and superlatives and one that is a bit of a drama queen with a tremendous ego, a blizzard is one of many events that lets the world know - hey, we got that too. It's a media bonanza with tales of the stranded and acts of stoicism in a city that is virtually shut down.

We can however, only take credit for surviving it because like it or not, this is mother nature's call and we don't control the weather yet. So the event does not go as planned. Today's blizzard is a record breaker, the sixth largest in New York City history. We experienced high winds, 17 continuous hours of snow, heavy accumulations, 3-5 feet of drifts and even thundersnow. Central park reported 20 inches.

For the first time in memory, none of my coworkers have been able to get to the office. Service on some subway and bus lines have been suspended. People have been stranded in trains and in cars on highways. Some cannot exit their homes because of snow drifts. Streets are not plowed. Sidewalks are not cleared. Some have spent hours getting to their workplace in Manhattan only to find them closed, then returning home.
And of course there is the day off for many, an unexpected perk after a Christmas holiday and extending the weekend. For those not inconvenienced, and there are many who have been trapped in airports, trains and cars, it is an opportunity to hole up at home.

Once behind us and all is well again, it will be another feather in the cap of the New Yorker. That even here, we can survive a blizzard ...

11 comments:

Sally Darling said...

What a wonderful picture. But you know...I ALMOST booked that trip to NYC coming back late night on the day after Christmas. Lucky I didn't I guess, cause we might have been snowed in. Well I would not have minded, except I think my Job would have been a bit testy about that one. Maybe next year! Actually....YES to next year.

Leslie said...

Bri-that's a perfect shot, really elegant...

RedPat said...

One of the best blizzard shots ever! Looks cold and awful!

Sinara said...

The picture isgreat!!!Congratulations!..to me that I have never seen snow think beautiful..the temperature here in Brazil is completely different from nyc, today made 89.6 ºF!!Regards Sinara

Anonymous said...

What a BEAUTIFUL photo! It looks so.....serene....I moved from New York to Texas~it's 56 degrees here today.
K

Thérèse said...

It's exactly like they say in the news.:)

Photo Crumble Blog said...

wow... and I thought we had winter here in Dublin :)

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

sounds amazing.

Kenon Thompson said...

I had a friend who visited from Rhode Island and besides the inconceivable events of being stuck anywhere but home, I was jealous that Denver had not seen a gram of snow!

Great photo as well! :)

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So beautiful pic it is.