Hello everybody. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your sunny doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.
When you live in Western New York, December means just one thing. No, not Christmas.
It's time for Lake effect snow! Wooooohoooo! In the map above, you can see that WNY is bordered on the North by Lake Ontario, and on the west by Lake Erie. As long as the Great Lakes are not frozen, cold winds from the north and west blow over them and pick up moisture. When these winds hit land, that moisture gets dropped as snow.
Lake effect snow can be very regional, depending on exactly which way the wind is blowing. Ghostwriter and Dad had to drive to Buffalo today on a business trip. As soon as they hit the Buffalo region, the roads became covered with slush and snow. Here's a picture from inside the building where they had to go:
|Everything covered with snow!|
The wind was blowing directly west off Lake Erie, so it dumped snow on the Buffalo area and on areas south, but not on us in Rochester, which is more to the north.
Here are a few more pictures from their drive home:
Driving past the University of Buffalo, Dad's alma mater!
More snow and slush.
Here's the NYS Thruway just east of Buffalo. Notice, less snow!
Still driving on the NYS Thruway, east of Batavia. Even less snow. Oh, all that slop and splatter on the windshield is from the road salt that gets put down by the snow plows to help melt the ice. Everybody that drives on wet winter roads in WNY get covered with road salt haze.
Heading home down Middle Road just after exiting the Thruway. No snow at all!
All clear and sunny here! It's plenty cold out, though.
Sunshine is one of those things you really appreciate here in WNY. Even if there is no snow, we still usually have tons of clouds!
Yup! I'm squinting in the sun!
Trying to get those last rays before it sets!
It's only 4 o'clock and it'll be totally dark in an hour!
Maybe the wind will shift and send some of that lake effect snow to us tomorrow!
Ghostwriter says, be careful what you wish for.