Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big Cold and Big Snow!

This won't be a November we soon forget locally or across the nation.

It is very likely the month goes down as a top 10 coldest November in Toledo history. But Tuesday with a high of only 18 and a low of 9, makes it tied for the 5th coldest November day in Toledo history. Those records go back through over 4200 November days. In fact, Tuesday's high was colder than all but ONE day compared to the mild winter of 2012-2013.

And how about that snow near Buffalo? Incredible lake effect snow has been falling to the tune of 3-5" PER HOUR. Compare that to the measly 2.1" total we have in Toledo so far this season (as of Wed AM). Leading to incredible snowfall totals in upstate New York, per the NWS Buffalo office:

   GARDENVILLE           60.0   800 PM 11/18  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WEST SENECA           57.0   800 PM 11/18  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ELMA                  51.0   800 PM 11/18  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ORCHARD PARK          48.0   800 PM 11/18  TRAINED SPOTTER

   CORFU                 40.0   800 PM 11/18  TRAINED SPOTTER
   DARIEN                36.0   830 PM 11/18  EMERGENCY MNGR

Compare that 60" snow report to Toledo record shattered snow total from ALL of last winter:

Keep in mind more heavy snow, that will be measured in feet is expected in and around Buffalo the rest of this week.

Credit: Philippe Papin, @pppapin

And the visuals from this storm have been stunning, both from the air and on the ground.

Source: Twitter -- @JamesAFry
According to Pro Foootball Talk: 220,000 tons (440 million pounds) of snow have been removed from the property on which Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills) is located.  With a driving ban in place, players won’t be able to get to work today.

Credit:  Kassie Tamulski

Thankfully the heavy snow has retreated for now from Buffalo, but it will be back.

And on the Great Lakes, water temperatures are running well below normal. Lake Erie is about 4 degrees below normal with ice already forming on the Maumee River.