Where is the snow? Streak of snowless days in the tri-state nears record
A big part of our winter weather has largely been missing -- where is the snow? And for parts of the tri-state area, the streak of snowless days is approaching an all-time record.
At 310 days and counting, the snowless streak at New York City's Central Park has now risen into the top five.
The current record for the longest snowless streak was set just a few years ago: 332 days in 2020.
2020 is also the record-holder for longest snowless streaks for the rest of the tri-state's major climate locations:
- Islip (Long Island)
- Newark (New Jersey)
- Bridgeport (Connecticut)
- White Plains (Hudson Valley)
While those locations have seen measurable snow in December, breaking their snowless streaks, it has been an abysmal showing by Team Snow so far this winter.
Typically through the middle of January, the tri-state should have already seen close to a foot, if not more, of snow. The most we have seen so far is a mere 2 inches in White Plains.
The reason behind this abnormally snowless winter is La Niña. This pattern has been in place since the end of last fall, providing the region with warmer and wetter conditions. Multiple record warm temperatures have already been hit, and this pattern is not letting up any time this month. Storms will likely continue tracking north and west of the tri-state, meaning most precipitation will fall in the form of rain.
If the current snowfall totals for the winter remain as is through the rest of the season, even more records could be broken. But as La Niña is expected to weaken later in February and into March, a potential pattern change could introduce snow chances back into our area.
Stay tuned with the News 12 Storm Watch Team as we guide you through this unusual winter weather and provide you with the latest on any changes that may be on the horizon.