2006-02-17 / Community

‘Thundersnow’Blizzard Dumps 15.4 Inches On Rockaway
A raging blizzard that included a “Thundersnow” episode that dropped up to five inches of snow an hour in some parts of the tri-state area left more than 15 inches on the Rockaway peninsula from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. At Central Park, the snow measurement hit epic proportions, with 26.9 inches recorded, a new snowfall record. John F. Kennedy Airport recorded 16.7 inches and Lynbrook (Long Island) 11 inches. Pictured, Beach 129 Street across the street from St. Francis de Sales was typical of the peninsula. A raging blizzard that included a “Thundersnow” episode that dropped up to five inches of snow an hour in some parts of the tri-state area left more than 15 inches on the Rockaway peninsula from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. At Central Park, the snow measurement hit epic proportions, with 26.9 inches recorded, a new snowfall record. John F. Kennedy Airport recorded 16.7 inches and Lynbrook (Long Island) 11 inches. Pictured, Beach 129 Street across the street from St. Francis de Sales was typical of the peninsula. A lone straggler makes his way east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Belle Harbor. A lone straggler makes his way east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Belle Harbor. Tribute Park was covered with several inches of white powder. Tribute Park was covered with several inches of white powder. Many people spent Sunday evening and Monday morning digging out from the storm. Many people spent Sunday evening and Monday morning digging out from the storm. The Rockaway Sunset Diner, on its last day of existence, had some business despite the snow. The Rockaway Sunset Diner, on its last day of existence, had some business despite the snow. Beach 14 Street in Far Rockaway mirrored the problems for motorists all over the city. Beach 14 Street in Far Rockaway mirrored the problems for motorists all over the city. The sign says that the beach is closed, but few on Beach 17 Street were aimed for the sand in any case. The sign says that the beach is closed, but few on Beach 17 Street were aimed for the sand in any case. There was no easy riding for this motorcyclist. There was no easy riding for this motorcyclist. Department of Sanitation trucks were out all afternoon and evening. These trucks struggled to keep Seagirt Boulevard open on Sunday evening. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg and Howard Schwach Department of Sanitation trucks were out all afternoon and evening. These trucks struggled to keep Seagirt Boulevard open on Sunday evening. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg and Howard Schwach

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