October Blizzard - Fleeing Central Park

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Bending branches near the Swedish Cottage in Central Park

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.

Belvedere Castle, deserted! Central Park
As a result the branches of the trees in 89th Street, which normally reach to the 2nd floor, were now hanging at street level. Walking on the pavement I had to force me a way through the branches and leaves.

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.

Collapsed branches. 89th Street
After that I daringly went into the densely forested The Ramble. Just when I thought that things had become more stable many branches (some almost half a meter in diameter) started falling from the trees close to me, like they were autumn leaves. That was the limit, I decided to turn around immediately and fled away from this dangerous spot.

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!

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Bending branches near the Swedish …
Bending branches near the Swedish…
Belvedere Castle, deserted! Centra…
Belvedere Castle, deserted! Centr…
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Low hanging branches. 89th Street
Low hanging branches. 89th Street
Low hanging branches. 89th Street
Low hanging branches. 89th Street
The first collapsed branches. 89th…
The first collapsed branches. 89t…
Snow covering flowers in Central P…
Snow covering flowers in Central …
Central Park
Central Park
A recently snapped set of branches…
A recently snapped set of branche…
Belvedere Castle, deserted! Centra…
Belvedere Castle, deserted! Centr…
The great lawn from Belvedere Cast…
The great lawn from Belvedere Cas…
The great lawn from Belvedere Cast…
The great lawn from Belvedere Cas…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sno…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sn…
Cleopatras Needle, Central Park
Cleopatra's Needle, Central Park
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sno…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sn…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sno…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sn…
Cleopatras Needle, Central Park
Cleopatra's Needle, Central Park
I stood here a few weeks ago durin…
I stood here a few weeks ago duri…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sno…
Leaves, autumn colours, and .. sn…
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
Collapsed branches. 89th Street
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