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    November 26, 2014

    New Yorkers, Be Thankful: This Will Be Just Our Second #Snowsgiving Since 1938

    You probably didn't expect to spend Thanksgiving eve in snarled traffic or trudging through ankle-deep snow on your evening commute, but meteorologists say that's just your luck this year. According to forecasters, a coastal storm will bring a blend of snow and rain to the city today (have you bee ... More >>

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    November 26, 2014

    7 Train Commuters Stranded in Tunnel Under the East River for Over an Hour

    Our condolences if you were planning on traveling between Queens and Manhattan this morning. The typically efficient 7 train (rated the best subway line in the whole city by the Straphangers Campaign earlier this year) was suspended for more than three hours. It's either particularly unfortunate t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2014

    Cuomo's $18.6 Million 'Weather Detection System' Wouldn't Have Predicted the Buffalo Storm Anyway

    The National Weather Service is predicting that a "significant" winter storm will arrive Wednesday morning and linger until early Thursday. The weather system will supposedly come in as rain, dousing the coast before freezing into snow in the afternoon. But, grain of salt: This is just what the NW ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    "Umbrellas Were Useless:" A Grumpy Dispatch From 1882, On the Rainiest Day in New York History

    A happy, soggy May Day to all of you. You may have noticed a torrential downpour generating from the sky yesterday, soaking your hair, your laptop, your socks, your life, and generally making everything unbearable. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 5 inches fell in Central Park, the ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Nasty Winter Storm Wreaking Havoc on New York

    It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    New Yorkers Are Pretty Expletive Tired of All This Expletive Snow

    It's snowing. Again. It's real cold. Again. It's 30 degrees but feels colder, and the weather forecast says much of the city is currently experiencing something called "snow fog," which sounds absolutely disgusting. The National Weather Service is warning that we should expect six to eight inches, " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    What the Hell Is Going On, Weather Edition: Arctic Front Expected This Afternoon

    What in God's name are we supposed to do with this weather? I ask you. This morning, we were all waffling over whether it was safe to change out of our Hoth-weight coats and back into something built for merely freezing temperatures. That gamble paid off: it was in the upper 30s to low 40s this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    De Blasio Warns New Yorkers to Stay Home Thursday Night As Blizzard Approaches

    It had not started snowing in New York City on Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Bill de Blasio (on his second day on the job) was already cautioning New Yorkers to stay in Thursday night. "Please stay home tonight, and stay off the roads," de Blasio said at a press conference following the swearing-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    It's The First Big Snow of the Season, New York

    If you haven't looked out the window yet, this might be news: It's kind of really snowing in New York. No reports of serious traffic accidents. City schools are open. Not to undersell it, though. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that lasts until 5 p.m., and the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Thanksgiving Travel Forecast: Flooded Streets and Flight Delays

    Wednesday, November 27 is one of nine days this year in hellish enough, traffic-wise, to earn the distinction of appearing on the Department of Transportation's Holiday Gridlock Alert list. That determination is made months in advance, just by looking at the calendar. Road, rail, and air traffic wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Tornado Watch in Effect For New York City

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for New York City, effective until 5 p.m. Monday. Meteorologists are predicting heavy rain, gusty winds, thunderstorms, and potential tornado action across a stretch of New York state. Counties affected include Albany, Bronx, Broome, Cayuga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Let's Place Bets On How Much It's Gonna Snow This Weekend

    It's gonna snow in New York City this weekend. Well, not definitely. Most things that happen in life are unexpected. But there's a very good chance it will on Friday night, continuing into Saturday morning. We know that because everyone's been saying it's gonna snow, like, a lot. It could be 'hist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    This Is How Much Snow We're Actually Getting This Weekend

    Back away from the liquor aisle. After conflicting reports yesterday showed this year's first Nor'easter, inscrutably named Nemo, either splashing a little rain or dumping 38 inches of snow on us and, maybe, ending the world as we know it. The vast discrepancies come from three different weather m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Cast In Concrete #7: Lenna Pierce Reminds Us Why the Worst Parts of the Subway System Should Still Be Saved

    Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records New York City's street musicians. If you'll be busking nearby soon and would like to appear in a future installment, please let him know. Who: Lenna Pierce, d.b.a. Meaner Pencil When: November 1st, 11:30pm Where: C line, Nostrand Avenue station, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    How To Survive Rain in New York City

    What the hail? If you were in New York City yesterday, you are certainly aware of the inclement weather which loudly dumped several inches of rain and quarter-size icerocks on our fair metropolis -- resulting in at least four lightening-related injuries and flooding in subway and highway hubs, acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Take Cover from the Space Storm! Two Solar Flares Hit Earth, NASA Says

    Today's space-weather report tells of a different kind of sunny sky: Two flares, including the second biggest of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle, hit earth early this morning and could cause the biggest solar storm in five years, NASA says. Now, what the hell does this mean, exactly? Every so often, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2012

    Tornadoes Across Midwest and South Kill Over 30; BP And Plaintiffs Reach Agreement; Man Gets 27 Years in Homegrown Terrorism Case

    At least 31 are dead across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama after tornado storms ravaged the Midwest and South, essentially destroying towns. Today, the rescue effort continued, as parts of the South remained on tornado watch. "It's just nuts right here," National Weather Service meteorologist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    Teacher Data Released, Criticized; Nelson Mandela Hospitalized; Strong Winds Coming Through the City

    Data rating 18,000 New York City teachers was released Friday, but not without strong caveats as both teachers and education leaders warned of flaws. Teachers are evaluated based on how much value they add as evidenced by change in student performance on standardized tests relative to measurement o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2012

    Light Snow Hits The City; 9/11 Victim Identified; Sun Employees Arrested

    There are flakes in this photo. We promise. ​It's actually winter! Kind of...The city is seeing some light snow this morning. The National Weather Service predicts accumulation of less than one inch. It's not much, but it's something in this winter that hasn't always really felt like winter. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Snow Day! What Are You Going to Do With Your Time?

    You are probably aware that snow has come to New York City. Considering you can't yet spend your snow days watching the city's online map that will track when salt spreaders or plows went down city streets (if you're intrigued you can watch Mayor Bloomberg discuss the tool at this morning's press c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Merry Day-After-Christmas! It's Still (Technically) A Holiday

    via​Good morning one and all. How was your Christmas? Did you occupy something? A movie theater perhaps? Though Santa has already been tracked, presents have already been opened, and some of us have had our traditional fill of Chinese food, it's still technically a holiday today, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Emergency Alert System Test to Ruin TV for 30 Whole Seconds Today

    ​Don't forget, as Nick explained this weekend, that today brings something unprecedented and horrifying in the wake of yesterday's asteroid, which didn't hit us, whew, though we were forced to hide out in a dark, underground bar all night just in case. Today at 2 p.m., the first-ever nationwid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2011

    Emergency Alert System to Interrupt All Television on Wednesday, Cause Mass Hysteria

    Will Skynet become self-aware as well?​This Wednesday, a day after we narrowly avoiding being hit by an asteroid, America will be faced with another threat: television interruption. On November 9th, the FCC, FEMA, Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service will conduct a nationwide te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2011

    Emergency Alert System to Interrupt All Television Wednesday, Cause Mass Hysteria

    Will Skynet become self-aware as well?​This Wednesday, a day after we narrowly avoid being hit by an asteroid, America will face yet another threat: television interruption. On November 9th, the FCC, FEMA, Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service will conduct a nationwide test of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    The Outdoors Sucks Today

    ​This is a servicey post: If you can avoid it, don't go outside today. Not only are temperatures in the 90s, but the National Weather Service has also issued an "air quality alert," which is in effect until 11 p.m. Simplifying a lot of jargon, this means that pollution levels are high, so brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Tornado Watch Issued for New York City

    Wikipedia​The National Weather Service has put New York City and surrounding areas under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. this evening. The watch is also effective for counties in Connecticut and New Jersey. Along with potential tornadoes and hail, a "thunderstorm wind gust" of up to 70 miles per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    10 Inches of Snow Possible on April Fool's Day

    "L" is for WHAT THE FUCK?​Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not a joke. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    What to Expect When You're Expecting a Snow Emergency

    ​Will it snow? Will it snow-pocalypse? As we wait and see what really happens (the Weather Channel says that will be at about 7 p.m., though Mayor Bloomberg has already declared a "weather emergency" for NYC), we're right here to tell you what we know. Which is this:

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    As Another Snowstorm Heads for NYC, City Council Flogs City Hall on Blizzard Response

    ​Another blizzard is expected to hit New York this week as the city continues to reel from the post-Christmas snowpocalypse. City council members and agency officials spent several hours in hearings this afternoon, while the mayor's office published its first preliminary report on the clean-up dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Day Four: Your Blizzard Post-Mortem Roundup

    Daily News​Mayor Bloomberg has promised to find out why the city's blizzard response was so crappy, but the tabloids may have beat him to the punch. The Daily News has a thorough look today at what happened, while a New York Post report accuses sanitation saboteurs of purposefully slowing down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    New York City "UFOs" May Have Been Caused by Something So Banal as an Engagement Party

    ​According to a group of elementary school kids from the Milestone School in Mount Vernon, those unidentified flying objects sighted over Chelsea last afternoon that had everybody all worked up are actually just escapee balloons from their teacher's engagement party, the Daily News reports. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    The Great Maybe-Tornado of 2010: Tornado Spares Voice

    All photos by Steven Thrasher​We're still waiting for confirmation on whether the tornado that ransacked Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens last night was actually a tornado -- investigators are out trying to determine whether patterns were "swirling" or otherwise, and the National Weather Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Yep, This Summer Was Hot Enough to Stash Frozen Water Bottles in Your Pants

    ​How many days have we complained about the weather this summer? How many days have we come into work with sweat dripping down our face? Oh, lots. But it's not all for nothing! According to the New York Times, "the summer of 2010 went down in the National Weather Service's record books as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Hurricane Earl May, in Fact, Rock You Like a Hurricane

    ​People are getting pretty geared up about this once-again-Category-4-storm otherwise known as Earl headed hell-and-high-water for the East Coast. There are hurricane warnings in North Carolina and tropical storm warnings in Virgina, Maryland, and New Jersey, while tropical storm watches are i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    July Falls Short of Heat Record; August Is Comparatively Comfortable

    Robert Pattinson = "sweaty person"​Welcome to August -- hell on earth in New York is officially over, according to the Daily News. Well, maybe not over over, but we'll feel a decrease from a 10 (purple face and pit stains) on the sweatiness scale to approximately a 7 (still uncomfortable, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    First Tornado Hits the Bronx in 36 Years

    via Daily News​On Friday night, for a 15-minute period, we were hunkered down in our windowless bathroom (just in case!) as our Twitter flashed "Tornado WARNING" from New York's Office of Emergency Management, NotifyNYC, and, of course, the National Weather Service. (A warning, for future refe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Alert: It's Going to Be Hot, Hot, Hot Today

    ​There's a heat advisory on, folks, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year's first heat advisory of the summer didn't happen until mid-August, but is reporting that high temperatures and humidity will combine today to produce a heat index of 95 to 100 degrees -- it might even feel like 1 ... More >>

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    June 6, 2010

    Tornado Watch in Effect For New York City

    ​New York City's five boroughs -- the crowded streets, big buildings, Central Park, Staten Island and the rest of this huge beautiful mess -- are under an extreme storm alert, including a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. It's the first such wa ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    It's Crazy Windy Out There

    ​Be careful all... The National Weather Service has issued a ***WARNING: INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY*** forecasting thunderstorms with gusts of high wind up to 60 mph for the New York City area tonight. Stay away from rooftop construction sites; hold onto your hats; ladies, watch your skirts . ... More >>

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    April 4, 2010

    Parade Day Will Be Mostly Sunny

    ​The National Weather Service is promising a mostly sunny day in the mid seventies for the Easter Parade, the annual unorganized eight-block walk up 5th Avenue from 49th Street New Yorkers break out their most extravagant hats for. There isn't really a schedule, but people start walking at 10, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    Things to Do This Weekend for (Mostly) Free

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden​Spring officially starts today, so go see it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ($8 adults, $4 seniors and kids over 12), where it's been quietly happening for weeks (slideshow). The National Weather Service says it's going into the seventies today and the sixties tomorrow. ... More >>

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    March 13, 2010

    Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free

    ​The National Weather Service says it's pretty much definitely going to rain all weekend, so indoors is good. Go see the Wizard of Oz today and tomorrow at the Film Forum (double feature, with Captains Courageous)

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    December 20, 2009

    More about the snow

    Queens in the snow​According to the National Weather Service, the snow is over (until Christmas, when we can expect rain, snow and sleet). After this, it's just going to blow around. Their last official accumulation numbers were 6" at LaGuardia, 11.1" at Kennedy, and 9.1" in Central Park as of ... More >>

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    December 19, 2009

    Snowstorm alert

    ​If you have shopping to do, do it now. The National Weather Service is predicting 2-4" of snow today and another 5-9" tomorrow, with winds up to 24 MPH and temperatures down to 23 degrees. They're calling a Winter Storm Warning, a Coastal Flood Advisory, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook. One ... More >>

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    November 15, 2009

    A thing to do on Monday and Tuesday for (completely) free

    ​If you're out Monday or Tuesday night, look up in the sky and watch the shooting stars. The Leonid Meteor Shower is going to be on view Nov. 16 and 17, and NASA says it's going to be quite a show this year.

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    September 12, 2009

    Things to do on Sunday for (mostly) free

    the National Weather Service is promising 82 degrees and disappearing clouds--Broadway on Broadway - the casts from 20 Broadway shows will be performing live on Broadway between 43d and  47th, starting at 11:30. Michael McKean (Spinal Tap, an upcoming play) is hosting.--Brooklyn Book Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2008

    Winter, At Last

    The National Weather Service predicted five to seven inches of snow for New York City. By 10:30 am, it seemed like five inches had already fallen. This fellow in Brooklyn was stoic about the entire affair.

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    August 9, 2007

    Flash Floods and a Hell Commute May Return on Friday

    That stuff you see hovering over Ohio may wreck your Friday commute, according to the National Weather Service. Satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) It could be another horrible commute on Friday morning. The National Weather Service issued the following ... More >>

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    August 8, 2007

    Vignettes from the Commute from Hell

    Storm update: Things on the subways are still snarled, according to update from the MTA at 12:49 pm. The agency is urging riders to take bus service if at all possible. MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander is holding a 2:15 pm press conference to explain it all. A Staten Island woman has di ... More >>

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