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VOX: Winter Has Disappeared Thanks to Climate Change

Essay by Eric Worrall

Record breaking cold in China, Russia and Europe doesn’t count, because “sleddable” deep snow hasn’t fallen in New York’s Central Park for 650 days.

Missing the feeling of a white Christmas? That might be solastalgia.

Finally, a term that explains the sadness of a whole season — and a way of life — melting before our eyes.

By Anna North  Dec 21, 2023, 7:00am EST

A snowy winter in New York City brings with it a kind of magic. The air goes crisp, then bitter, and fragile snowflakes sift down in the early dark, silvering the trees and blanketing the sledding hills in the parks. After the first big snow, children and adults alike rush out to make snowmen, creations that delight passersby for the next two frigid months, until the snow finally thaws. When I took my older son, then a toddler, out for his first-ever sledding session, he squealed with awe at the crystalline world before him, shouting, “It looks like Frozen!” 

Today he’s 5, and I doubt he remembers what sledding feels like. It’s been more than 650 days since Central Park, where snow is measured daily, got more than an inch of snowfall at one time; last winter, the park got just 2.3 inches in total, less than one-tenth the normal amount. In early December, Brooklyn saw a few anemic flurries, and my son told me excitedly that his friends had tried to build a snowman during recess. But there was nowhere near enough material to work with. They settled for “a pile of snowflakes.”

This sense of winter melting away before our eyes is not unique to New York: While blazing-hot summers and stormy autumns come with their own dangers, scientists say winter is actually the fastest-warming seasonSnowfall is decreasing across the Northeast, the flakes slowly replaced by raindrops. The Great Lakes have experienced a 22 percent drop in maximum ice cover since 1973, and are frozen for a shorter percentage of the year. In December 2022, Utqiagvik, the northernmost city in Alaska, posted its warmest winter temperature ever at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a full 36 degrees above the frigid average for that time of year.

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New York may have enjoyed a few years of mild winters, but other parts of the world stretching from Europe and Russia to China have been experiencing extreme and in some cases record breaking cold, so I suggest the assertion that winter has disappeared is probably a little premature.

In 2012 the VOX reporter who wrote the article above published a novel “America Pacifica“, about political intrigue in the colony of the last survivors of an extreme ice age, a new snowball Earth.

The reporter doesn’t seem to have published any novels about the grim survivors of our coming age of warmer beach weather. Perhaps warm weather isn’t scary enough for a dramatic novel.

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December 22, 2023 2:04 pm

I guess they didn’t get the memo about El Nino.

Reply to  andersm0
December 23, 2023 3:54 am

Just don’t take El Nino too seriously folks while you’re up on the roof waiting for the chopper-
Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains how climate drivers do not guarantee dry weather (

Tom Abbott
Reply to  observa
December 23, 2023 6:45 am

It looks like the cold air mass over China is working its way to the east, but at the present time the jet stream circulation off the Pacific ocean is keeping temperatures in the U.S. mild.,78.95,264

Bill Powers
December 22, 2023 2:07 pm

This is the first cousin to the Central Authoritarian NIMBY’s who don’t want those windmills in their line of sight. It’s evidence of Man Made Global Warm…Aahhh, Climate Change so long as it’s not snowing in their backyard. Oh and when the snow returns they will instruct the Rachel’s Madnow to change the subject.

Bryan A
December 22, 2023 2:08 pm

Just another climate de-jour story elevating local weather up to climate status

December 22, 2023 2:11 pm


Each year has peak temperatures during the summer months June, July, August. The below graph shows those peak temperatures in Vermont, for about 40 years.
Those temperatures were measured by the weather stations in Vermont of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA
Vermont has four weather stations; Burlington, St Johnsbury, Castleton and Windsor.
New Hampshire also has four stations
The peak temperatures increased by 1.5 F over 40 years, or 0.0375 F per year.
Almost all people cannot sense the difference of 77 F and 78.5 F


Walter R. Hogle
Reply to  wilpost
December 22, 2023 2:30 pm

4 stations ? Representative for an entire state?

LOL what a bunch of BULLSHIT

Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 6:59 pm

Probably urban affected too. !

Reply to  bnice2000
December 22, 2023 7:10 pm

Those stations in Vermont are not near any major heat sources, such as parking lots, etc.
That may not be the case in more densely populated states.

Walter R. Hogle
Reply to  wilpost
December 22, 2023 9:07 pm


Here’s the nationwide weather station survey by Anthony Watts, updated in 2022. This problem is not limited to urban centers and exist even in the middle of nowhere; it is near ubiquitous.

Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 7:09 pm

Vermont is mostly rural, so these stations likely are more representative of the middle of the state, not the southern and northern parts.

Reply to  wilpost
December 22, 2023 11:30 pm

Easiest way end the argument is to show where each site is, and changes to its surrounding area.

If they can’t do that, or don’t know… they should not be using the data, because they don’t know how UHI contaminated it is.

Reply to  wilpost
December 23, 2023 12:52 am

One would wonder whether they might have temperature data from more than 40 years ago. The late 70s/ early 80s being a notably cold period.

Perhaps they could go back to the 1930s or even earlier?

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  wilpost
December 23, 2023 3:41 am

I know some VTers moving to NC to enjoy warmer weather. After all, we New Englanders spend much of the year living in a refrigerator!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  wilpost
December 23, 2023 6:52 am

Forty years is about half a climate cycle. This particular 40 years was during the warming phase of the climate cycle. The warming is expected.

The United States, as a whole, warmed by about 2.0C from the 1980’s to today.

The 1930’s in the United States were warmer than subsequent years.

The United States has been in a temperature downtrend since the 1930’s.

December 22, 2023 2:19 pm

Alaska’s snowfall this winter is smashing records. And four months to go.

December 22, 2023 2:21 pm

The Climate Gods may be angry at China and Dictator Xi….there have been floods and severe cold and recent earthquakes….climate causes earthquakes too, no?

Krishna Gans
December 22, 2023 2:27 pm

Record cold wave in China:

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Left the teletext published by German TV about the record breaking cold wave in China and a 70 years old broken record in Hohot, capital of Inner Mongolia with -29.1°C.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 22, 2023 2:55 pm

They are going to have to rename the capital to NotSoHot.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 23, 2023 12:22 am

I’m amazed that Germany is still using Teletext. I thought that went out with the Ark.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 23, 2023 1:19 am

-29.1’C doesn’t strike me as cold as I’d expect in that area.

Scotland can have similar temperatures, not that often or for long periods admittedly, with the coldest ever UK temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) recorded at Braemar in the Grampian Mountains, on 10 January 1982 and also at Altnaharra, Highland, on 30 December 1995.

Altnaharra is definitely rural, although on a crossroads

Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 2:33 pm

People who claim that winter in their area ‘isn’t what it used to be’ are the same people who use a winter with the most extreme cold and snowy conditions from when they were like 8 or 9 as their ‘normal.’

joe x
Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 4:45 pm

walter, 100% spot on.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 4:53 pm

Yuh know, when I was a kid we had to trudge thru a foot of snow to get to school (we never had whimpy snow days) for a mile—both ways uphill.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 22, 2023 5:22 pm

With the wind in your face, both ways.

The winter I remember most from Tidewater Virginia area (Hampton) was the year the “creek” near our house froze over enough to walk on, some, not across. Yep, at least one kid got too close to the edge of the ice and broke through. The ice lasted about a week. Living in that location for about 10 years, that was the only time there was substantial ice. There was little of no snow during that cold snap.

We would get a snow day or two every couple of years. I don’t ever remember more than 2 days out. Usually only 1.

As an idiot child, about the 3rd grade, I usually walked to school. One day as I got ready to go to school it was so cold I rode my bike to school to get there quicker. It started snowing about 2 hours after school started and they sent us home early after about 3 inches had fallen, so I got to push my bike through the thick wet snow the mile home. What joy!

Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 22, 2023 5:23 pm

Reminds me of a cartoon I wish I had saved
A man and little boy are walking down a snow cleared sidewalk with snow up to the man’s knees and he is telling the little boy “This is nothing. When I was your age the snow was waist deepl”. Of course, to the little boy the snow IS waist deep.

John Hultquist
Reply to  czechlist
December 22, 2023 5:54 pm
Walter R. Hogle
Reply to  czechlist
December 22, 2023 6:29 pm


Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 23, 2023 1:29 am

And against the wind

Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 5:05 pm

We didn’t have much snow last winter … because I bought a snow blower.

Reply to  rovingbroker
December 24, 2023 3:20 pm

Yep, you did it alright!

Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 22, 2023 5:46 pm

I was once in Calgary in late January. It was the first time I saw a car with remote start and I appreciated it.

We were having breakfast and listing to the local radio. Apparently the schools were in trouble for forbidding outdoor play. Some parents were concerned they were breeding them soft – it was only -26C with a couple of degrees of windchill. For someone who did not see snow until an adult I thought it was harsh. I spent a lot of that day walking outside around a factory that had plenty of snow. It was sunny though and not too unpleasant.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Walter R. Hogle
December 23, 2023 3:44 am

The snow looked deeper when you were only 3′ tall! 🙂

Greg Locock
December 22, 2023 2:48 pm

UHI and El Nino would both be relevant effects.

Rud Istvan
December 22, 2023 3:04 pm

A NYC version of Viner’s 2000 classic: “Soon UK children won’t know snow.” This new Vox version is “My son won’t know Central Park sledding.”
Wrong then, wrong now.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rud Istvan
December 23, 2023 9:19 am

She hasn’t seen snow in 650 days. Less than two years.

What was Central Park like in February 2021?

Gary Pearse
December 22, 2023 3:13 pm

When you have Asia and Europe swept over by ⅔ of the frigid air in the Arctic, guess what? Warmer air has to sweep up from the south somewhere else to replace it. No vacuums allowed! This concept is common sense. But reason and common sense are commodities perennially in short supply these days.

More common sense: in a warming world we could have periods of more snow and less snow, but we shouldn’t be setting all these new deep cold records across continents. We shouldn’t be having such frigid cold air forming in the Arctic to cause such outbreaks if Arctic Warming Amplification occurs when Global Warming is advancing. Sheesh!

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 22, 2023 4:00 pm

She lives in New York City. She doesn’t know or care what is happening in the rest of the world.

Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
December 22, 2023 5:23 pm

And why would she when she lives in the center of the universe??

Richard Page
Reply to  Drake
December 22, 2023 6:47 pm

I wish she did. Can we save up and buy her a ticket there.

Reply to  Richard Page
December 22, 2023 8:15 pm

I don’t know if we have enough money to send her to the center of the universe.
What if we compromise and send her to the center of the solar system instead?

Reply to  MarkW
December 24, 2023 3:22 pm


Tom Abbott
Reply to  Drake
December 23, 2023 9:24 am

The Center of the Universe is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

We prefer she stay in New York City.

Walter R. Hogle
Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 22, 2023 5:10 pm

All that was on the news last winter were the unusually warm conditions in the East Coast, but barely any mention of what we were going through in the West – the snowiest winter in my living memory.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 22, 2023 7:28 pm

The Earth is still in a 2.56 million-year ice age with almost 10 times as many people dying from the cold as from heat. About 4.6 million people die each year from cold-related causes, and about 500,000 people die each year from heat-related causes.

Reply to  scvblwxq
December 23, 2023 5:41 pm

Here’s the link to that study in the Lancet where the 4.6 million and 500,000 were mentioned.

‘Global, regional and national burden of mortality associated with nonoptimal ambient temperatures from 2000 to 2019: a three-stage modelling study’

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gary Pearse
December 23, 2023 9:22 am

“When you have Asia and Europe swept over by ⅔ of the frigid air in the Arctic, guess what? Warmer air has to sweep up from the south somewhere else to replace it. No vacuums allowed!”

That’s exactly right! So China and Japan freeze, and the U.S., on the other side of the globe, gets a temporary break from the bone-chilling cold.

Ron Long
December 22, 2023 3:19 pm

Good thing there’s no snow in Central Park, because it is filled with illegal immigrants, aka climate refugees, and they probably aren’t interested in sledding.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Ron Long
December 23, 2023 3:51 am

now, now, it’s not woke to call them “illegal immigrants” – it’s much nicer to call them “migrants” as if they’re arriving from NJ and not breaking laws

Bob B.
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 23, 2023 4:40 am

The proper term is “undocumented democrats”. Though that may not actually be the case.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Bob B.
December 23, 2023 5:03 am

nailed it- that’s the real reason they love “migrants”

if it was millions of conservatives pouring over the borders- they build a huge wall with towers with machine gunners- they’d want it so bad they’d pay for it by taking it from their green energy budget

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ron Long
December 23, 2023 8:33 am

The legal term is “illegal aliens.”

J Boles
December 22, 2023 3:19 pm

So many of these “news” organizations (VOX et al) are so full of dizzy young women crying all the time about all the standard boilerplate leftist B.S.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  J Boles
December 23, 2023 3:53 am

Here in Wokeachusetts, we have a full fledged woke LGBQ+ feminocracy running everything- the state government, academia, the media and even many businesses.

December 22, 2023 3:36 pm

“It’s been more than 650 days since Central Park, where snow is measured daily, got more than an inch of snowfall at one time;” Famous last words.

Richard Page
Reply to  John
December 22, 2023 6:49 pm

Well we are unlikely to hear if they do get a big snowfall, unless some idjit tries linking it to global warming.

Reply to  John
December 22, 2023 8:21 pm

650 days, that’s less than 2 years. Given that this year is right at the start of winter, all she is saying is that last winter didn’t have a lot of snow.

Reply to  MarkW
December 22, 2023 8:28 pm

Let’s say that the end of snow in NYC is the end of March. That’s 90 days into the year, there are 275 days left in that year. Today is December 22, so there have been 357 days into this year. 275 + 357 = 632 days.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
December 23, 2023 12:07 am

She didn’t say it was the end of snow, just deep sleddable snow.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Page
December 23, 2023 8:37 am

Predicted because of one low-snow year. What are the snow records from the year 1900 to the present?

general custer
December 22, 2023 3:38 pm

Vox should stick to subjects they know and understand, making candles, tye-dying T-shirts and new ways to serve granola. In fact, western societies are so committed to indoor living that the only time most of them spend outdoors is a short dash from the car to the supermarket, if they’re not getting their groceries delivered. Listening to someone living and working in a temperature-controlled climate, like a college professor, complain about weather is laughable to a normal outdoor person that works and goofs off both in the great outdoors during all seasons.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  general custer
December 23, 2023 5:08 am

There is a similar problem during Florida summers. People live in their house or place of work at 78F most of the time except for going to and from their air conditioned places They spend a couple of minutes in the 90+F/90% humidity, not enough time for the body to adjust so they constantly claim how bad the heat is.

Peta of Newark
December 22, 2023 3:44 pm

We are in soooo much trouble and ‘weather’ ain’t it.
Wall Building is.

Mother will they put me in the firing line?
Mother am I really dying?
Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry.
Mother’s gonna make all your nightmares come true.

Mama’s gonna keep baby cosy and warm.
Of course mama’s gonna help build the wall

December 22, 2023 5:38 pm

New York is close to sea level. The ocean water is warming up as it must due to increasing peak solar intensity in June. So the early winter precipitation over NY is more water than snow. Go inland a bit or higher and snow is trending up. Let us review the situation in late January when the ocean water has cooled a bit more and precipitation over NY may turn to snow.

The New York press was pushing this record snow free days to drown out the record snowfall being reported elsewhere. How contrived is something when they measure the snow to 0.1 inch and claim it has been 650 days since they had more than that figure.

Record snowfall is now dominating the news and the New York press cannot make enough noise to drown out the real news. And they have not yet got the IPCC memo that claims they always predicted more snow in a warming world. Just some of the snowfall record headlines listed in attached.

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John Hultquist
December 22, 2023 5:49 pm

 Flaco, an orange-eyed Eurasian eagle-owl, has been frequenting Central Park since last February. Falso has become a “peeping” owl – staring through windows at people doing everyday things.
He has his own Wikipedia page.
I think this would be more interesting than a bit of snow. Falso won’t be around forever, Snow? Yeah, I think so.

December 22, 2023 5:53 pm

This is typical of urban parasites. Central Park is the equivalent of Mecca and anything that happens outside NYC is of little importance unless it can be exploited to further their agendas.

No one
December 22, 2023 6:01 pm

Those that can’t see beyond the boundaries of a fifteen minute city will probably end up living in one, and not even realize it.

We’re unabashedly enjoying our winter, and not worrying about it. Maybe dreading the change back to ‘normal’ that’ll occur anytime soon a bit, but laughing about it otherwise.

We’re not asking the rest of the northern hemisphere to send us back our share of the cold they seem to be hoarding. It’ll be here soon enough.

Pat Frank
December 22, 2023 7:47 pm

Should be filed under Friday Funnies.

December 22, 2023 8:18 pm

I think “vox” means “garbage,” right?

Richard Page
Reply to  Independent
December 22, 2023 8:44 pm

Either that or it’s short for ‘vomit-inducing.’

Reply to  Independent
December 23, 2023 2:22 am

On my browser it means BLOCKED!

Ed Bo
December 22, 2023 9:09 pm

NYC has never been a place where snow stays on the ground all winter, contrary to what the writer implies. It’s too moderated by the ocean for that.

Richard Page
Reply to  Ed Bo
December 23, 2023 12:09 am

And the large UHI signature.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Ed Bo
December 23, 2023 3:58 am

All those heated buildings must also contribute to a short life span for any snow. If they want more snow, all they have to do is turn off their heat in winter!

Dr. Jimmy Vigo
December 22, 2023 9:20 pm

How come the government incorporated incompetence has been allowed to destroy the standards methodologies of running scientific investigations such as statistical calculations of REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLES key to withdraw significant conclusions from studies, when they themselves push scientists like us to follow very strict policies of investigations for issues like scientific studies certifying processes, safety and purity of products such as medicines, medical devices, food, ….???? Wow amazing bullshit!

December 23, 2023 12:52 am

I think Anna North should be careful what she wishes for.

From December 21 to 26, 2022, a historic extratropical cyclone created crippling winter storm conditions, including blizzards, high winds, snowfall, and record cold temperatures across the majority of the United States and parts of Canada.

Areas which experienced blizzard conditions included parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, with the Buffalo area of New York and the Fort Erie and Kingston areas of Ontario experiencing almost two full days of blizzard/zero-visibility conditions on December 23 and 24.

The cold wave affected all U.S. states from Colorado to the eastern seaboard and as far south as Miami, Florida. On December 24, 110 million people across 36 states were subject to wind chill alerts.

The storm and the related cold wave killed at least 100 people.

The storm was unofficially named Winter Storm Elliott by The Weather Channel.

Richard Page
Reply to  Alpha
December 23, 2023 5:32 am

Worse than that was the ‘Elliott Mess’ whereby New York was on the verge of a complete power failure, only avoiding it by the narrowest of margins – I think there was an article on WUWT a few weeks ago on it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alpha
December 23, 2023 9:38 am

Yes, my weather forecaster was describing the difference between this December and last December and she said the current low for yesterday was about 45 degrees F and the low one year before was zero degrees F for that day.

So quite a difference.

We’ll get our cold snap (arctic air dipping south) later in the year, this year.

Ed Zuiderwijk
December 23, 2023 1:22 am

I suggest the lady travels a bit.

December 23, 2023 2:20 am

Don’t worry. The next time NYC gets hit by a blizzard they’ll have an article blaming it on “climate change”. Who knows? Could happen this winter.

December 23, 2023 4:13 am

A handful of years – or even a few decades – cannot define a trend. I well remember the 70s, a time of horrifically cold and snowy weather. We got married on Jan. 12, 1974 (yes, it’s almost 50 years!), and the day before, a $hitload of snow hit Cleveland. Enough that many people were not able to make it to either the wedding or reception.
All the out of towners did – they were from upstate PA, near the NY border (Snow Belt), and ALL had vehicles more than able to handle the trip.
The cold continued for most of the decade, including the winter of 1977-78, when we were confined to 2 rooms in our house, all others being closed off because of ‘brownouts’ – times of reduced power to our home.
But, by the early 1980s, we were in REALLY hot years. We wore two AC units out completely.
And, so on from them – back and forth, from too hot for extended periods of time, to freezing cold and snowy for many winters.
Each time, accompanied by headlines in newspapers and magazines, about the TERRIBLE Climate Changes, and how they would end in either:

  • A complete meltdown of all glaciers and extinction of humankind, due to the runaway heat, or
  • A full-on Ice Age, and extinction of humankind, due to the runaway cold.

Both scenarios accompanied by dire threats of horrific outcomes, UNLESS the taxpayers came up with a buttload of cash to stave off the catastrophe.
Over and over, decade after decade.
I got off the Doomsday Bus when I became a ham radio operator, and learned about solar cycles. Since then, I’ve seen no need to climb back on the OMG! The World is ENDING! short bus.

Tom in Florida
December 23, 2023 5:01 am

I think too many people fall for the Hollywood version of Christmas when those movies always show it snowing at that time of year. I can remember plenty of years throughout my life while living in Connecticut when it didn’t snow at Christmas, more times than it did snow.

December 23, 2023 6:22 am

And when moist, sleddable snow does fall in New York, … crickets.

David S
December 23, 2023 9:15 am

Here is southeast Michigan I only had to shovel snow once last year and not at all so far this year. Can’t say I miss it much.

December 23, 2023 10:55 am

I’ve lived here on Vancouver Island most of my adult life and winter, which started yesterday, is unchanging, cold, wet, foggy and gray. wouldn’t mind a bit of sunshine.

December 23, 2023 11:04 am

I SEE THE NO SNOW!… Wait. Nope. There is no downward trend, and some record snow falls… how do they get away with blatant lies… wait… nevermind…

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