New York City

New York City Weather

New York City is located on the eastern coast of the United States of America about 1000 miles north of Florida and 200 miles south of Boston Massachusetts. It is situated at the mouth of the Hudson River. Most of the city is built on several large islands. Manhattan Island and Staten Island are in the Hudson River. Long Island extends over 100 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Hudson.

The land around New York City is part of the eastern continental shelf, so it tends to be rather flat with sandy soil. As you drive inland, the countryside slowly turns into gently rolling hills. There are sandy beaches on Long Island and along the New Jersey shore to the south.

The area for many miles around New York City is highly urban with a lot of residential housing and industrial development.

New York City is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, but the prevailing weather comes from the continental landmass. Normally, the ocean does not greatly affect, thus summer can get very hot and winter can get very cold. Temperatures in July or August frequently climb above 85 (30 C) and can plummet below -10 (-20 C) in January. Occasionally, the normal weather patterns shift, and (winds called Northeasters) bring moisture from the Atlantic resulting in fierce winds and heavy rainfalls or heavy snowfalls.

New York City Temperatures
New York City Rainfall
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Written by: Mike Leco
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Photo Description: Central Park in New York City during a winter's day