Nine Reasons We’ll Miss Winter When It’s Gone

When the weather is the lead item on the news, at least it means that nothing worse is happening.

Walking in a winter wonderland (Arnold Pouteau via Flickr)

Walking in a winter wonderland (Arnold Pouteau via Flickr)

It was 17 degrees again this morning. Another opportunity to climb into clothes that make leaving the house feel like prepping for a space mission.

Yet this might be the last truly cold day of what has been an epic winter. The seven-day forecast promises highs into the 40s, maybe even touching 50 next Tuesday.

Tough as it has been—57.1 inches of snow have fallen in Central Park so far, versus a seasonal average of just 27—there are nine reasons why we’re actually going to miss this winter when it’s gone.

9) New Yorkers like to wear black, and all this snow really makes it pop.

8) When the weather is the lead item on the news, at least it means that nothing worse is happening.

7) Bitter temperatures reduced the populations of several kinds of city vermin. Mice got all the press, but it also cut down on slow-walking tourists, sidewalk smokers and scofflaw bicyclists.

6) It’s fun to look at pictures of people falling over in the snow.

5) Many grown-ups got to take a snow day on February 13. The fact that the mayor made kids go to school that day made it even better.

4) It’s cute to have a seasonal wardrobe.

3) Having tough seasons is another point of moral superiority over Los Angeles.

2) Our city is gorgeous in the snow.

1) These kinds of shared experiences remind New Yorkers that, diverse as we are, we’re all in this together.