Snow!By Claire

Being Australian, I have never really seen snow. Last year in Canberra, there was about 20min where it did snow, but unfortunately the ground was too wet for the snow to build up – not that there was really that much of it anyway…

Since I found out that I would be in New York in winter/spring, I have been hoping for snow. When the plane landed at JFK airport, there was snow falling, but not enough to stick to the ground.

Well, last night, my prayers were answered. IT SNOWED!!

Snow in Central Park
Snow in Central Park

Being the crazy Aussie tourist that I am, I was outside taking photos in the snow, while New Yorkers – who apparently find snow annoying, not magical – laughed at me.

I even ventured into Central Park to take a few photos, although not too far. It was night after all.

Since this is actually a science blog, and not just a platform for me to show my holiday snaps, I’d better put some meteorology into this post.

Radar of the snow storm last night.
Radar of the snow storm last night.

Above is a screenshot of the radar from last night, showing the extent of the snow storm across northeast USA. This storm moved towards the northeast, ahead of a warm front, which warmed up New York (to above 0°C) and turned the snow into rain.

MSLP chart for 20th March 2013
MSLP chart for 20th March 2013

You can see on the MSLP chart, that the warm front (associated with the Low pressure system)  has moved over New York, pushing the snow further to the north.

The forecast for the next few days for New York is for warm temperatures (up to 6°C) and sunny conditions.

It looks like we’re moving into Spring here. At least I got my snow storm!