New York City Beseiged by Foul Odor

New Yorkers were assaulted by a great gout of foul odors this morning's commute:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful, mysterious smell of gas wafted through much of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey on Monday, forcing building evacuations and a temporary suspension of commuter train service before dissipating by mid-afternoon.
Twelve people were taken by ambulance to New York hospitals by emergency workers responding to calls from people complaining of upset stomachs, dizziness or difficulty breathing, a Fire Department spokesman said.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the odor was not dangerous... "It may just be an unpleasant smell, but at this point we do not know any more than that. ..."

I've been wracking my mind and searching the internets, trying to deduce just what made this a leading news story today. And then, mid-afternoon, it hit me:

It's not Spring yet, and it's well after Autumn.

It seems rather unfair for Manhattanites to have to suffer through malodorous episodes right in the middle of the 8-week span when New York is officially "not filthy-smelling."

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