Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category
During the winter, the sun doesn’t rise in New York until 8. Right now, because of daylight saving time and the change of seasons, it’s getting light at 5. That’s three extra hours of light in the morning before the city (which likes to sleep in) really gets humming.
Lately I’ve started waking up early and taking long bike rides in the sleeping city. Some mornings I do a few laps around Prospect Park. This morning I rode the Belt Parkway bike path most of the way to Coney Island and back.
I find this so enjoyable that I’ve started pondering what it would be like to live at a lower latitude, where before-work bike rides were possible year-round. (I don’t mind cycling in the dark, but cold air, wind and ice make it unpleasant.) I bet I’d get tired of it. Something about the fact that it’s only possible to ride early in New York five months of the year—and even then, only when the weather behaves—makes it feel like a rare treat. It’s something to be earned by suffering through a grueling winter.
The snow’s not too bad here—just enough to make the city feel abnormal. Here’s a video I shot on my way to and from work today.
Rough commute, but we can handle a little snow.
Just heard the first Mister Softee truck of the year come chirping up my block.
A storm blew down a few trees and light poles on 20th street in my neighborhood a short time ago.
Astor Place, at 8th and Lafayette, 22 Feb 2008
Animals know when the weather is about to change. While I was walking in my neighborhood Thursday night, I saw a skunk and a raccoon. I have only seen a raccoon once before around here, and skunks are so rare in Brooklyn that I have never seen one.
Were they out stocking up for the storm? The snow began falling overnight and left a fluffy coat on everything by Friday morning. By midday Friday, the snow had turned to sleet and rain, and promised to turn into ice overnight. Still, it was our first significant snow this winter.
Days like today are the reason there’s a thermometer at the top of this Web site. As I’m writing this, it’s 11!