Midnight Update: The latest report from the National Weather Service shows a storm total snowfall of 20.9" for Central Park, unchanged from late this afternoon. Unofficially, this is the 4th largest snowstorm since records began at New York's Central Park in 1869, exceeding the 20.2 inches on January 7-8, 1996, and just 0.1" less than the infamous blizzard of 1888. The 3 top snowfalls are:
- 26.9 inches: February 11-12, 2006
- 26.4 inches: December 26-27, 1947
- 21.0 inches: March 12-14, 1888
The average temperature so far this month in Central Park is 33.1°, or 1.2° below normal. This is nearly 5° warmer than in 2007 when 3.8" or barely 10% as much snow fell. Total precipitation, however, is more than double the normal for the month.
The National Weather Service has announced within the last few minutes that the February monthly snowfall record and all-time monthly snowfall record for Central Park, New York were both broken in the previous hour:
...RECORD FEBRUARY SNOWFALL SET AT CENTRAL PARK IS ALSO THE RECORD
MONTHLY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT CENTRAL PARK NY...
A SNOWFALL RECORD HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. AS OF
1:00 PM...THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH IS 36.8 INCHES. THIS
BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 27.9 INCHES SET IN 1934.
AN ALL TIME MONTHLY RECORD SNOWFALL OF 36.8 INCHES WAS SET AT
CENTRAL PARK NY AS OF 1:00 PM. THIS BREAKS THE ALL TIME SNOWIEST
MONTH RECORD FOR CENTRAL PARK. THE OLD RECORD WAS 30.5 INCHES SET
BACK IN MARCH 1896.
SNOW CONTINUES TO FALL...AND THE MONTHLY TOTAL FOR CENTRAL PARK WILL
BE UPDATED AS THE DAY PROGRESSES. CENTRAL PARK SNOW RECORDS DATE
BACK TO 1869.