First time it snowed this winter in New York, as I was midway through my walk on the bridge! It was very brief, but lovely!
Speaking of the weather...
NOAA REPORTS 2006 WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR U.S.
General Warming Trend, El Niño Contribute to Milder Winter Temps
The 2006 average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. was the warmest on record and nearly identical to the record set in 1998, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Seven months in 2006 were much warmer than average, including December, which ended as the fourth warmest December since records began in 1895. Based on preliminary data, the 2006 annual average temperature was 55 degrees F—2.2 degrees F (1.2 degrees C) above the 20th Century mean and 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) warmer than 1998. NOAA originally estimated in mid-December that the 2006 annual average temperature for the contiguous United States would likely be 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) above the 20th Century mean, which would have made 2006 the third warmest year on record, slightly cooler than 1998 and 1934, according to preliminary data. Further analysis of annual temperatures and an unusually warm December caused the change in records.
Also worth of note: more stickers! The bridge seems to be a popular place for artists to self-promote. This one called blindluckindustries.com was stuck next to a second Bin Laden sticker. When I went to the site, there was a funny picture of a painting called "Bush It" where George Bush is busting out of his suit to reveal a superman-like costume that says "Katrina Who?".... Captain Clueless Strikes Again!