October Blizzard - Fleeing Central Park
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How strange can weather be? Monday and Tuesday earlier this week I walked outside wearing just a T-shirt, temperatures were mild and pleasant. Last Wednesday through Friday it became slightly cooler and I decided to start wearing a summer coat again. And today, we all of a sudden were feasted on a real BLIZZARD!
Temperatures sank to a 1° C (34 F) and huge snow flakes were blowing. The snow initially melted away but at some point accumulation started and grew fast. Nature was not ready for snow. Although autumn had kicked in the vast majority of the trees was still "wearing" its leaves.
In the afternoon I decided to make a short walk in the snow. When I stepped onto the street I could not believe my eyes! Due to the presence of the leaves the trees caught much more snow. The snow was extra dense due to the fact that it was not freezing.
I reached Central Park which looked amazingly beautiful. It was a very odd sight, trees in the middle of their autumn foliage were now covered with and surrounded by snow. When I was just a few meters inside the park I was startled by an extremely loud and deep cracking sound, followed by a muffled bang. I realized that branches were breaking off the trees. I moved to the park road and tried to stay away from the trees.
The park was almost empty. I visited Belvedere Castle, which is always crowded with tourist, and had it all for myself.
When arriving at 89th Street I saw the branches of the trees in my street had suffered from the same problem. Many of them had simply snapped off like matches, creating a huge mess and damaging many parked cars.
Central Park was closed shortly after that and remained closed on Sunday. About 1000 trees were permanently damaged by the loss of branches.
More pictures below!