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February 13, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Steven’s Castle Gate Entrance with Snow

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Stevens Castle with Snow post Nemo 2013

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is Steven’s castle gate entrance after the snowstorm Nemo dumped about a foot on Hoboken last weekend. Most of the snow has already melted.

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February 10, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Hudson Street Post Winter Storm Nemo

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Hudson Street Hoboken Post Nemo 2013

This photo taken yesterday on Hudson Street highlights the beauty of a good winter storm in Hoboken.

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February 8, 2013

Hoboken Winter Storm Nemo – Photos and Video

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Here are a few photos and video from Hoboken’s first real winter storm this season….

Snow Covered Trees Stevens Park Nemo 2-8-2013 HDR smaller

Photos Hoboken Snow Storm – Nemo 2-8-2013:

Video: Hoboken During Winter Storm Nemo 2-8-2013 3pm

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January 28, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Stevens Park with a Light Touch of Snow

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Stevens Park with a little snow Winter 2013 in Hoboken HDR #1

Another website in Hoboken may relish in taking pictures of garbage and provide a low carb rant about it with a lunacy unbecoming of a mentally fit person, but we here at TheBoken.com like to keep it mostly positive. Here is a nice photo of Stevens Park in Hoboken with a slight smattering of snow.

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January 24, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Pier A Park Winter Time

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Pier A Park Winter 2013 Walkway iPhone HDR

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is Pier A Park taken yesterday in the blustery cold. Here is the same photo in sepia…

Pier A Park Winter 2013 Walkway iPhone HDR

and in black and white…..

Pier A Park Winter 2013 Walkway iPhone HDR

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January 6, 2012

Photo of the Day- Washington Street on a Clear Sunny Winter Day

Washington Street Hoboken -Photo of the Day TheBoken.com

Today’s Photo of the Day is of  Washington Street on a clear sunny winter day midweek and midtown.

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December 2, 2011

The Drunken Polar Bear’s Winter Outlook for 2011-2012 Season in Hoboken

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If you happened to venture outside on Monday you were treated to near 70 degrees temperatures and some bright sun – certainly not typical for late November.  Runners were in short and t-shirts and Washington street restaurant patrons nestled in outside seating.  Cut to Thursday morning.  Cloudy, 35 degrees with a heavy chance of scarf/gloves combinations – brrrrrrr.  As they say in Winterfell (Game of Thrones), WINTER IS COMING! 

In addition to frequenting local bars, this polar bear is quite fittingly a winter weather fanatic.  So who better to give you a glimpse of the winter to come than you friendly arctic expert…

2010-2011 Winter at a Glance

Last winter was certainly one to remember.  The 62 inches of snow recorded came close to the all time NYC record (75 inches), but January’s 36 inches set a record for the all time snowiest January ever.  Most of the snowfall was due to super storms that barreled up the east coast leaving more than a foot of snow on several occasions – most memorably the December 26th storm and January blizzard.  Good news for Hobokenites – this winter won’t likely be as bad as last year.  Bad news – we could still get some bad storms.

The Major Players

We luck out this year as Chicago and the northern Midwest will take the brunt of Father Winter’s best combo punch of super cold temperatures and frequent storms, but we’re not totally in the clear.  This winter, three major climatic players enter the fray:

La Nina

  •  La Nina plagued us last winter, but had fizzled out in the summer.   All was well, but alas this moody girl has reemerged as winter sets to begin.
  • La Nina is a naturally occurring climate phenomenon located over the tropical Pacific Ocean and results from interactions between the ocean surface and the atmosphere. During La Nina, cooler-than-average Pacific Ocean temperatures influence global weather patterns
  • Rare to have La Nina occur in consecutive winters and it has only happened four times since 1950.
  • Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_nina.

North Atlantic Oscillation

  • Equally, if not more important than La Nina
  • NAO for short has been extreme the past two winters and has overwhelmed other influences (a strong La Nina last winter and a strong El Nino the previous one) and helped lead to wild snowstorms and widespread below-average temperatures.
  • Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Oscillation.

Arctic Oscillation

  • The wild card in all this is Arctic Oscillation which is a long lasting (weeks) plunge of colder than average air from Canada that can not only drop temperatures, but also amplify the effects of La Nina and lead to stormier than average conditions.
  • Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_oscillation.

What to Expect?

Although most weather models forecast a slightly colder winter with the average amount of storms for the Northeast, combination of La Nina, NAO & Arctic Oscillation is dangerous and hard to predict. Depending on which of the three forces has the most influence we could be the in the sweet spot for another few winter whoppers.  Regardless, it will be a bit chilly this winter.

Official Polar Bear Prediction: Colder than average temperatures, 2-3 major storms (6 or more inches), 3-4 minor storms (less than 6 inches) and one freak storm (ice, snow, sleet, wind, cold, power outages, etc).

How to Prepare?

We all know winter can be a pain in Hoboken for parking and getting around so a few things to plan for in advance:

  • Snow shovel to dig out your car and/or walkway (don’t be that person who doesn’t shovel their walkway!).
  • Rock salt or calcium chloride to prevent freezing walkways. Calcium chloride is more expensive but less taxing on concrete on hallway carpets.
  • A good pair of waterproof snow boots (Ugg boots don’t count).
  • Deicer, antifreeze, scraper for your car.
  • Flashlights, candles, extra batteries in case you lose power.
  • Good old fashion winter hat, scarf and gloves.

Hobokenites – How do you prepare/survive winter in the Mile Square? Share your thought in the comments below. This is my plan…

- The Drunken Polar Bear

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September 16, 2011

Photo of the Day- First Fall Then Winter in Hoboken

Washington Street Hoboken Snowstorm of 2010

Fall is rapidly approaching soon and then before you know it winter. Here is a photo of Washington Street from last winter after the big snow storm around Christmas time shut down the North East corridor including Hoboken.

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