New York City has 700 Million Pounds of Road Salt it Can’t Use
Something that upstate New York residents can't relate to, New York City's lack of snowfall has left it with 700 million pounds of road salt it can't use.
According to an article by Sarah Beling of W42ST.com, New York City hasn't gotten enough snow to even register a measurement of at least 0.1 inches since March 9, 2022. That means that while we upstate New York residents are shoveling out our driveways and slipping all over the roads, New York City residents have a warehouse filled with 700 million pounds of road salt that it can't use.
In fact, if New York City makes it until February 4th without a measurable snowfall, it will set the all time record for most days without snow in a row. The current record was set in 2020 with 332 consecutive snowless days.
Lauren Casey, a meteorologist from Climate Central, said "It all breaks down to two main things. To get snowfall, you need cold air and you need moisture. The issue is that we are in a warming world and winter is a season that is warming the fastest in almost every location across the United States."
Casey also said that the climate change is the culprit for the massive snowfall in places like Buffalo because warming waters means less ice and clouds are able to accumulate more moisture before dumping the lake-effect snow on western New York.
So for the foreseeable future, the unfortunate souls of Upstate New York will continue to get pounded by snowstorms throughout the winter while in New York City, a sanitation warehouse on the Upper West Side will remain full of 700 million pounds of road salt.