Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lake Effect Snow

Good morning everybody! This is The Daily Bone and I’m your humble doggie host Chester L. W. Spaniel.

When my esteemed colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel and I heard on the morning news that tons of snow fell overnight, we rushed outside for a look.

We searched all over our back yard but couldn’t find more than a few inches of snow on the ground. Meanwhile, the thruway is closed and Buffalo is buried in several feet of it.

You may remember the other day when I said that sometimes storms skip over Rochester NY. Here’s a diagram of how lake effect snow works. Where the snow is dropped depends on which way the wind is blowing off the lakes. This time the wind was blowing straight across Lake Erie from the west. Therefore all the snow was dropped to the south of us. 

Here’s another map that shows where most of the snow fell, with pink being the largest amount. As you can see, Rochester is in the blue area. 

We doggies were a bit disappointed about this. But our humans breathed a sigh of relief.  However, there are still high winds blowing over our area. A little shift in the direction can pull all the snow our way. 

Joey dog says, put on your warm coats and boots, humans! Or better yet, stay home and sleep! 


  1. Brrrrrrr!!! The temperature just dropped over night. Now it's windy and 'feels like' minus 18C (0.4F)! Thank you for explaining us how the lakes and the wind effect. Very interesting! You're not too far from us. Stay warm, ok?

    Momo & Pinot xo

    1. We're right across Lake Ontario from you. We're practically next door neighbors! You two try to stay warm now, and so will we.

  2. Boyz..... be CAREFUL what you wish fur... Have you heard about Erie, Pencil Vane E AH???? OMD those dogs won't see Grass until AUGUST...

    1. The last time Mom and Dad drove through Erie PA, there was such a heavy fog coming off the lake that they could hardly see! They do get hit hard with the snow and cold too!

  3. Napping on the couch sounds like a great idea!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  4. I can waits for snow !!! (But Mum can )
    You guys are sooo lucky
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Well, all of my snow are already gone.

  6. We don't mind the snow as much as the below zero temps, can't stay out very long when it is that cold
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  7. We think you doggies are lucky! All we have is cold temps and that's no fun!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  8. gotta be careful what you wish for - we heard on the news just a moment ago that they are expecting 4 feet of snow overnight in some places

  9. You are such very wise weather dogs - can you please tell us how we get the snows to blow over eastern Kansas?

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. You must live in the snow magnet area...
    And the wind sure loves to play havoc with open lake waters...uses it for pestering humankind!
    We have lake effect here too, but only about 6 inches...though more is coming. If the lakes would freeze over like last winter then the snow making machine wouldn't work as well.

    Lots of school closing here today, maybe tomorrow too.
    And the bitter wind makes for not much fun. I don't have a long fur coat, and I despise sweaters...sigh...
    Weatherman-dude says by Sunday all the snow will be gone and it will be around 50...but rainy. UGH.

    North of here, in the Grand Rapids area they got a whole lot more. Pawppy drove to Washington, DC yesterday...he just missed all this mess! Growlmy is glad she didn't choose this week to visit her family in the Toronto area. That drive goes through lake affect areas and snowbelt areas. Yikes!

  11. As of 12:30 am we still only got a couple inches of snow. But it's cold cold cold! Mom says the roads were icy driving home from work. Sleepy time now. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

  12. Oh my, we have been hearing about the snow your area is getting. Friends in Toronto are also getting some of that storm. Our friend had to spend the night at the funeral home he works at because he just could not get home. This morning it took his wife 2 hours to clear their drive and that was with the super duper snowblower they have. We have not had that much snow at all this winter so far. Stay warm!