That Epic, Fickle, Shovel-off-to-Buffalo Snow: An All-Time U.S. Record?
I have a special place in my heart for lake effect snow. Living in Sault, Michigan as a teenager is what got me interested in weather and started me down my career path. But it’s hard to compete with what Buffalo, New York gets for lake effect snow. Over six feet of snow fell in some areas on the south side of town in the last 48 hours, most of it in a 24 hour period.Just getting to your garage can be a problem (Steve Frost). The all-time U.S. record for a 24 hour snowfall is 76 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado way back in 1921, and it is possible this was exceeded yesterday. We will have to wait and see what NOAA decides. The reason why Buffalo gets pounded so bad is the shape of Lake Erie…long and narrow, so a cold wind blowing down its length generates a single, intense snow band. You are either in it or out of it. Driving down the road, you can be in sunshine one minute, and in white-out conditions the next. This pair of pictures taken at the same time only 5 miles apart in Buffalo during the storm illustrates the fickle nature of lake effect storms. Lake effect snow bands – either you are in or out (Shannon Clare). Imagine your boss says he needs you at work…after all, there’s almost no snow downtown at the office! Yet, your house looks like this. Buried house in a Buffalo suburb (Jackie Parker). You open your front door, and are greeted with this: West Seneca, NY (Jessica Marie). A second round of lake effect snow started again last night — and again with thunder! Thunder in lake effect snow is quite unusual, indicating very strong cloud updrafts from the very cold air mass sitting over the “warm” lake water. Do I need to remind everyone it’s only mid-November? So, when winter gives you too much snow, you just make the best of it: (Anonymous).
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