Buffalo is under an epic 7 feet of snow today in some places, so no traveling this week. Roofs creaked then some fell. Niagara Falls only got much less than a foot, so I can take you around our area. Want to know about the famed lake effect snow? It occurs in the snowbelt areas of the Great Lakes Region and a few other places in North America. You just don’t see it everywhere that gets snow.
The image of Buffalo above is by Joseph DeBenedictis and Jason Holler of ABC News on WCVB 5, Boston. The image shows the Skyway – the elevated highway, and the wall of snow coming through. It is a still from the original video time-lapse.
Lake Effect occurs when a mass of sufficiently cold air moves over a body of warmer water, creating unstable temperatures, picking up moisture to drop inland in the form of snow. You can see it coming pretty clearly in the WCVB image above. Likely you already saw this video as it has been shown often, but if not, check out the WCVB site in the link above.
Since I could not drive to Buffalo because of driving bans and hazardous conditions, I thought to take you around Niagara County for a taste of our snow and cold. Nothing dramatic like what you see coming from Buffalo. The land temperatures determine where the warmer air and moisture hitting that wall of cold air will create the heavy snow. We get some, but not as much until our land cools. Come February and March, it hits us harder.
Above, the icy Falls. I will delay the post Eastern Europe Cafes, to show you more of this weather and also another weather anomaly. It is not especially common in our area and the Great Lakes regions, but it is similar to lake effect snow. Last year I recorded it here but did not report on it. It seems fitting to talk about it now.
Icy trees at the Falls are a common sight because of the mist at the Falls. You want some real Niagara Falls beauty dressed in ice.
See my post from last year, Niagara Falls State Park Under the Ice in Holiday Spirit, or Niagara Falls Is Not Closed, Nor is it Frozen – But It Is Beautiful. The images below are from those two posts.
Tomorrow because our area is expecting freezing rain on Sunday, you will see a completely different landscape in the scenes above. Rain will persist with temperatures reaching 60° F next week, bringing flooding likely to the Buffalo area having many feet of heavy, compacted snow.
In the setting sun at Whirlpool State Park, you see the trees and fall grasses.
The Lower Niagara River in Lewiston (wanna take a dip?) and fields above the Niagara Gorge at Lewiston. Both places are very scenic.
On Nature and Wildlife Pics, a cool post on The Hawk and the Squirrels, (no, they did not get eaten) also Didn’t We See That Before?, with a link to a downloadable FREE e-book by professional nature photographer, Ian Plant. Well worth your time to grab this great book on one post and see why the hawk is looking down on the other.