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Snowstorm on Fifth Avenue, New York City, October 2011 | by InSapphoWeTrust
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Snowstorm on Fifth Avenue, New York City, October 2011

A freak snowstorm - and a very wet one at that - making a premature appearance in New York City even before Halloween.

 

I used to live in New York City, spending four winters here. Three of them were snowless. So this is a very nasty surprise for me, especially now that I am visiting from balmy California for the first time in years.

 

At least I got some great photo opportunities out of this! This is only the third ever October snowstorm in New York City since the 1860s, and the first ever recorded snowfall of one inch in Central Park in October. Also as this snowstorm is so early, temperatures are not that cold yet, translating to bigger, wetter snowflakes.

 

Here, visitors to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are caught in the snow. The line is stretching long outside, because the museum's famed rotunda is temporarily closed for installation of a new exhibit. Plus, much like other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, this building is short on practicality and quite cramped inside.

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Taken on October 29, 2011