A powerful northeaster pushing through the New York area has blanketed the region with a thick layer of snow that is more than seven inches deep in some places.
As of Wednesday evening, parts of Westchester County had received five to seven inches of snow, the National Weather Service said in a statement. The service said that close to three inches had fallen in Central Park in New York City.
Strong winds have also lashed the region, knocking down power lines and cutting electricity to areas where it had only recently been restored in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The weather service clocked gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour in coastal regions of New York City and Long Island.
This has been all over the climate news blogs today. This research points out how the loss of Arctic Sea ice in the Fram Straight between Greenland and Svalbard can change how much heat is transported by the Gulf Stream. The white paper was just published by Alfred Wegener Institute.