New York Diary

January 2002

Some snow arrived, stayed for a week, and went home. The ploughs were out for the first day, and then they too went back to sleep. Huge mounds of salt and grit lie forlornly in the depots of the Department of Transportation, waiting more snowy days which never come.

On January 19th, another brief flurry of snow, but it didn't linger either. There have been some frosty nights, and a handful of mornings when car windshilds have had to be scraped. With little snow, and even less rain, water levels in the local reservoirs are falling, and the area is under drought alert. People are asked to be careful in their use of water, but no more than that - for the moment!