The Most Frigid Weather in Two Decades


For New York City residents, winter began with a gradual drop of the temperature, until the weather heavily plunged into the single digits in January, whipping up the coldest air in two decades. The frigid weather, accompanied by harsh wind chills and flash freezing, melting snow or freezing rain, made the roads unsafe for those headed for school.

“Winter has been a horrible season,” says Mr. Colon, an English teacher at FSSA.

The few students of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, with their dense snow boots, shook the snow off themselves before entering the cozy atmosphere of indoors. Since the overall attendance rate in New York City on January 6th was only about 40 percent, it left most classes half empty with substitute teachers and devoted students to be unproductive. Not even the teachers could plow their way through the mounds of dirty snow, except for those who took the subway trains.

“It wasn’t that difficult traveling to school. I was surprised how fairly easy it was since I’m a subway ride away,” Mr.Colon adds.

FSSA senior instrumentalist Brian Spencer, one of the few students who attended school during the most frigid time in NYC added, “If seat time wasn’t a thing, I would cut everyday to avoid the cold.”

However, on the contrary, Samantha Clay, also a FSSA student who attended the school during the most frigid time in NYC stated, “Well, the weather has been a lot worse than the past years, but it wasn’t completely terrible for me because I actually like snow.”

The city of New York had a range of snow from 4-6 inches all winter, continual even with the fast approach of spring, which officially begins on March 20th. The pattern of weather changes usually occur as the days near the official mark of spring. However, with the weather ranging from low to high tens in Fahrenheit degrees in March, most students are only looking forward to the warm fronts approaching the city.

“It’s way too cold this close to the spring,” remarked Anthony Scandura, instrumental major.

As for the teachers looking forward to the approach of spring, with an amiable chuckle, Mr. Colon concludes, “No more ice, temperate weather, and if spring is here, then summer can’t be that far behind.”