Monday, January 20, 2020

On the Waterfront . . . Twenty-four Years Ago

In January 1996, the Northeast experienced some extreme weather. First, there was the blizzard, which began on the morning of January 6 and continued for thirty-seven hours. In New York City, the accumulation of snow came just one inch shy of the amount that fell on the city during the legendary blizzard of 1888. 

Hudson was spared the worst of the snowstorm. For us, the memorable weather event came two weeks later, when heavy rain and unseasonably warm temperatures brought on rapid snowmelt. On January 20, an ice jam broke upriver, causing flooding on the Hudson waterfront. John Cody reminded Gossips of that event this morning when he sent me these photographs he had taken at the waterfront that day.



  1. In another 24 years when sea and estuary levels rise to threatening levels, we will all be able to take similar pictures. Wonder if Amtrak is planning for this inevitability... B HUSTON

    1. One commenter here, a former CAC member, claimed that Amtrak was in the process of elevating sections of track in anticipation of that eventuality.

      I made my own subsequent inquiries with Amtrak and learned that that claim was not true.