Blizzard Was 'Snow Big Deal' For The Big Apple
It's the blizzard that hit the Northeast hard, but pulled its punch when it reached New York.
Boston took the worst of it with 30 inches of snow, and severe flooding in Nantucket left thousands of without power.
In all, 60 million Americans were caught in the path of the blizzard. But New York City got off easy, with just six inches of snow, not the two feet that had been forecast.
With the city braced for the worst, the storm veered off unexpectedly, prompting a National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski to tweet: "My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public. You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry."
The Weather Channel's Greg Postel defended the forecasters.
"Twenty-four hours in advance, to narrow down exactly where the snow bands are going to be, that's a very difficult task," said Postel.
Nevertheless, chaos reigned.
The sarcastic words of one traveler were, "It's the lap of luxury.' That sums it up for the three passengers whose Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK to London was canceled. They say they sat on the plane for seven hours before they were allowed off, only to spend the night sleeping on the floor at the airport!
"It doesn't seem as if JFK has any contingency plans for anything like this," said the traveler.
David Letterman's Late Show in New York went on as usual, despite the dire weather forecast. Letterman joked, "Please, if you can hear my voice, send help! Stay in your seats until each row has been plowed!"
Jon Stewart also played it for laughs, saying, "There's an enormous blizzard that is hitting our area currently. My guess is, if you are watching this program, New York is gone."
And there was this tweet about the snowstorm named Juno: "Now I know why they named this storm Juno. It's because everyone's asking - 'Hey, ju-know where the snow is?"