By Jason Tucker and Nicole Bode
MANHATTAN — If the start of the 2010–2011 winter season is any indication, we’re in for a snowy year.
The Dec. 26 blizzard dumped a whopping 20 inches of snow in Central Park — making it the sixth-biggest snowstorm on record.
That’s an almost unprecented amount of snow this early in the winter season. In the past century, Manhattan hasn’t seen more than 20 inches of snow in the month of December since 1948, when 25.3 inches fell in Central Park.
The previous year, 1947, New York saw the snowiest December on record with 29.6 inches recorded in Central Park.
Most years, the snow records are set in February, when winter is in full swing. For example, this past February saw 36.9 inches of snow, the heaviest month on record. The previous record was 30.5 inches of snow in March 1996.