Tom Scocca

Weather Review: Aberdeen, Maryland, to New York City, September 19, 2021

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Overpass shade was so deep the minivan's display flipped over to night mode and back.

From Hmm Weekly
On September 21, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, September 12, 2021

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A rim of soft pink, higher in the west, surrounded the sky.

From Hmm Weekly
On September 14, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, September 5, 2021

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A PIGEON HUNCHED up dark and round in the green of a locust tree, under dim skies. The air had lost its coolness. The clouds were irregular but gray all the way through. Brunchers sat right up beside the open windows of restaurants, with the brunch music carrying past them over fully empty outdoor tables. […]

From Hmm Weekly
On September 10, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, August 29, 2021

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The grass in Central Park was lush and springy underfoot, the air saturated with water and thick with vegetal smells.

From Hmm Weekly
On September 2, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, August 22, 2021

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On and on the rain pattered, in the suspended animation of a day going nowhere.

From Hmm Weekly
On August 27, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, August 15, 2021

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Sunlight got into fire escapes and grates and vents and the girders of the Queensboro Bridge. Bay windows let the light through like vitrines.

From Hmm Weekly
On August 20, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, August 8, 2021

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After lunch the clouds were back and the radar showed something oozing sideways toward land from the Atlantic.

From Hmm Weekly
On August 16, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, August 1, 2021

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Rats wandered calmly in and out the thickets.

From Hmm Weekly
On August 6, 2021

Weather Review: New York City, July 18, 2021

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A robin splashed in the manmade waterfall at the top of the Loch, over and over, throwing lines of spray off its wingtips with each bout of wiggling.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 24, 2021

TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER DEP’T.

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Once you recognize this pattern, you taste it everywhere.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 21, 2021

Weather Review: July 11, 2021

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Boiling instant ramen felt like toil in the kitchen.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 14, 2021

Weather Review: July 4, 2021

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Fumes of charcoal starter hung on Central Park West. The sky was deep blue in the gaps between the gray-shaded clouds.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 8, 2021

Weather Review: June 27, 2021

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The wine bar that had closed months and months ago and papered its windows was suddenly open for business and open to the street, with its front glass accordioned off to one end and a bare-shouldered woman in ruffles perched just in off the sidewalk, reading with a sweating glass of white wine on the bar in front of her.

From Hmm Weekly
On July 1, 2021

COMMERCE DEP’T.

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Once upon a time we were supposed to pity the Soviet Bloc for their empty store shelves, left barren by their refusal to participate in consumer capitalism. Now American consumer capitalism has produced something beyond empty shelves: shelves filled with manufactured nothingness.

From Hmm Weekly
On June 24, 2021

Weather Review: June 20, 2021

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Sun rode on the shoulders down the station stairs for the return trip.

From Hmm Weekly
On June 23, 2021