Weather, all year round|Claudia Diaz|KnowLedge World Network|Activities|KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL

  • 2018.02.02
  • Weather, all year round
I know that talking about the weather is boring and often predictable, but let me tell you that there is nothing predictable about the Big Apple’s weather and only by living here one can understand how in New York City the weather can change from one moment to the next. Living in New York means keeping a bit of everything in your wardrobe: rain boots, winter coats, flip flops, hoodies, swimsuits, raincoats…and a big dose of adaptability.
Sometimes you may even use all these items in one single day!

Just recently, New York City was hit by a snowstorm which lasted a few days and affected the whole North-East of the United States. This happens almost every year, but this year it was particularly tough, reaching record low temperatures of -30 Celsius, and it made the news at the international level.
The snow is slowly melting now and more rains are expected for the upcoming winter and spring months, but I must say that New York always works at full speed! New York is beautiful even when it’s dressed in white and, although it’s not easy to be prepared to the extreme low and high temperatures the city may offer, the officials are always prepared to have it recover very efficiently.

But there is something unique about the weather in the City and it’s beautiful how the place changes according to the season. The City gets covered in white during the winter, blooms in the spring, heats up in the summer and lights up with colorful fall foliage in autumn.

Scholars technically define New York City’s micro-climate as humid continental and the influence of the Atlantic ocean moderates the city’s humidity, especially during the colder months.
There is not really a dry period though, or a season in which it rains considerably less, because the rainfall is quite distributed throughout the year.
In practical terms, this means that the risk of finding rain is always there and this is the reason why many New Yorkers always walk around with a portable umbrella in their bags.
But New York retains its charm in all seasons. In spring, late summer or early fall, it is more likely to come across pleasant temperatures and the rain is usually a little less abundant but the parks and green areas are lush and blooming during the spring.
On some summer nights, it’s quite common to see thunderstorms, which come as a blessing, freshening up the damp hot air of mid-summer nights.
Winters are very cold and it is not uncommon to see hailstorms.
During the winter months, it is possible to rent ice skates and enjoy skating at Central Park or Bryant park and it’s even more magical to try doing it under a snow fall, just like in the “Serendipity” movie!

Central Park, the most famous park of the Big Apple, is simply amazing all covered in snow and it deserves daily visits year-round. Many are the workers who choose to have a little detour on the way home to cross the park to remember the ‘magic’ of living in this city, whether it’s summer or winter.
Although from November until late March it is difficult for the sun to heat up the crowded New York streets, during the summer, the high temperatures are made even worse by the reflection of the sun on the skyscrapers, which creates a greenhouse effect that overheats Manhattan.
I personally prefer New York during the summer months, when the rooftop bars get crowded and the parks get lively with events, but I believe that no City is as eclectic as this one and the weather can’t help it but keep up with this diversity!


  • Claudia Diaz
  • AgeHorse(UMA)
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  • JobNYU University/Literature Dept. Prof.

I’m a Professor of Spanish Literature and Theater at NYU but I’m originally from California. I enjoy taking long walks in my free time and New York City always offers something new around every corner…I simply love it! My favorite season in the City is the Fall because of the trees changing color in Central Park and Halloween which is my favorite holiday. Through my blogs I’d like to make people interested in visiting the city and my neighborhood, Brooklyn, and I’d like to show people a new perspective on the Big Apple, from a resident’s point of view.

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