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It is so cold out. How cold? Cold enough that yesterday, every state in the union had temperatures at or below freezing. ("What about Hawaii?" you ask snidely. Yes, even Hawaii.) How cold? Cold enough that six feet of snow hit Buffalo last night, so much that the National Guard was called out. Four people died as a result of the snow. How cold? The windchill in New York City this morning is 9 degrees. That's not...
Remember that horrible-sounding 'arctic' blast of very cold air that we talked about last week? You know, the one charging down from the North to slash temperatures by 20 or 30 degrees, the one that is about to turn this lovely mild November into the forbidding landscape of mid-January, all radiator-dehydrated cabin fever-infected apartment dwellers and air so freezing that it hurts your face to go outside and DEAR GOD WHEN WILL IT BE...
Remember way back in April when some people who are maybe not so used to summer in New York City everybody was freaking out over how "oppressively hot" and muggy this summer was supposed to be all because the Farmer's Almanac predicted it? Yeah, well. That was then and this is now and now? It seems like a polar vortex is on its way to New York City next week. Via Gothamist, "an unseasonable blast...
It's May, the end of May, the end of a long rainy May, and by my fig tree you'd think it was February: its limbs are barren and leafless and, above all, figless. Not even a trace of the nubbins that will become the fruit. Thing is, it's not just my tree. A few neighborhoods east, my colleague Sarah Zorn reports that her fig tree has yet to sprout leaves. "The fig trees are...

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