Thursday, February 25, 2010


Coming to NYC, I was expecting a few weather differences. Probably not as hot during the summer, a little more mild and wet during the spring/fall, and colder during the winter.  So far, that’s been fairly accurate, but lately I’ve noticed one huge key difference between OKC weather and NYC weather.

Let’s say you wake up in OKC and the Gary tells you, “Folks, it’s gonna be gorgeous outside today.”  Any Oklahoman will tell you that this translates into 50% chance he’s right, 20% chance tornadoes, 15% chance of rain, 10% chance you can’t risk going outside because the heat will melt you, and 5% chance of snow.  This is proven science.  Here’s what you do when you watch the weather in OK 90% of the time.  Turn it on at 6 in the morning.  Option A) Rick and/or Gary say the words tornado, severe storm, ice, and/or snow.   Make alternative plans because you aren’t going to be watching TV that night regardless of the actual weather.  Option B) They say none of those words and you just pray that your outfit matches the weather at least most of the day.

NYC, on the other hand, is completely different.  Granted, I’ve only been here for 6 months, but this is what I’ve observed.  If you wake up in the morning and you can see some hint of sunshine, it’s going to be a nice day.  Period.  Done.  No 15% chance flood, no 25% blizzard, it’s just going to be a nice day.  ALL DAY.  No 3 PM cold front, no lone cloud dropping rain on a single square mile of the city, none of that.  You see sunshine, it’s Feb. 22, add those together and you get high of 40 ish, gorgeous day.  AND BOOM, you’re right!  On the other hand if you wake up and it’s snowing out your window, it’s going to be snowing ALL DAY.  Raining in the morning?  ALL DAY!  Yesterday I went outside and it was like that nasty misty cold crap.  I was grumbling to myself, man if this was Oklahoma the sun would break this up in about 5 minutes.  Here?  ALL DAY misty crappy.  

Moral of this otherwise pointless story.  If you're coming to NYC anytime soon and you’re wondering about the weather, no need to worry.  Just  check the 5 day, and what you see is what you get.

1 comment:

Aunt Jude said...

Sounds like European weather. If you leave in the morning, and it is raining, take your raincoat because it will indeedy be raining all day. And no, no no there is no chance the sunshine will come out. I would say that Europe has to be the easiest place in the world to be a weather man.