NYC has suffered many terrible storms from the beginning of its history, and chilling documentation of thick snow covering its streets is not hard to find. But when were the truly awful storms? The ones that crushed down cars and buildings and provided a chilling reminder to the fact that Mother Nature can be at sometimes a merciless and brutal nature force.
Snow Blizzard of 2013
The February 2013 nor’easter was a powerful winter storm that impacted the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada. The Storm caused heavy snowfall and winds blowing in the force of a hurricane. The storm was classified as a “Major” winter storm. New York City recorded an impressive amount of snow, 11.4 inches at Central Park.
February 2006 Snowstorm in NYC
Overwhelming amounts of snowfall enveloped New York City on February 11 and 12, 2006, making this February tempest the biggest in the City’s history. Snow accumulation in Central Park picked at a staggering 26.9 inches. Even though the snow almost shut down the LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airports, causing the cancelation of hundreds of flights, caused serious delays in the subway, and cut down the bus service by half, no major storm caused injuries were recorded.
President’s Day Storm 2003
Almost two feet of snow wrapped New York City and its area after the President’s Day storm, of February 17, 2013. This fierce storm claimed the lives of 42 people across the nation, stranded thousands of travelers in life threatening climate conditions, and cost New York City 20$ million.
Two Men were killed in the metropolitan area of the City during the storm, the LaGuardia Airport shut down, bus service was halted, and life in the metropolitan area were seriously delayed.
credit: New York Public Library
Blizzard of 1947
The previous holder of the biggest storm record in New York City history, the blizzard of 1947, dropped 26.4 inches of frosty snow in Central Park during two days. The City was disabled as the storm enveloped the streets and buried stranded cars and busses in the streets, stopping subway service and taking a staggering total of 77 human lives.
NYC, March 1888, credit: NOAA’s National Weather Service Collection
1888 New York City Blizzard
This Storm took the City by surprise: It emerged suddenly at the end of a fairly warm March day, as two storms approaching from opposite direction met right over the City. Heavy rainfall and snowfall and winds roaring up to 75 miles per hour resulted in snow accumulating up to 30 feet high. Highways and roads were blocked, train service was halted, horse-drawn street vehicles were shut down, and ships were delayed in the harbor.