name our lake snow events so it is easier to refer back to them for archiving.
This is very unofficial and only past storms are named as a matter of policy.
We will post the archived events on this WEB SITE so it is easier for you
to refer back to them throughout the snow season.
The theme for this year's storm names will be Birds as selected by the staff at NWS Buffalo. We also will continue our tradition of a candid way to rate the storm's impact on the area. It is termed the "Lake Flake Scale" and subjectively ranks the events from 1-flake (*) for minor (wimpy) events to 5-flakes (*****) for epic mega-storms, based not only on snowfall amounts but the impact on population centers as well.
For each event we try to provide a snowfall map, storm summary and if available, radar, satellite and other neat images. Let us know what you think, we are open for any suggestions to improve the page.
To review each storm, just click on the names below and you'll get to some great data!
For a quick look at Snowfall Maps for the season, Click here.
|Storm Name||Flake Scale||
Highlights of the Event
12/20 - 12/21
|**||Snowfall totals directly related to
elevation. Synoptic/lake effect combination.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Frewsburg 11". Lk Ontario - Montague 24".
12/24 - 1/1
|*****||An epic storm, multiple day, heavy metro impact, little wind,
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Buffalo 81.6". Lk. Ontario - Montague 127".
01/17 - 01/18
|**||More typical lake effect event.
Better organized across Tug Hill Plateau.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Perrysburg 9". Lk Ontario - Barnes Corners. 20".
03/03 - 03/05
|***||First March Lake Effect Storm on record
for Lake Erie.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Arkwright 23". Lk Ontario - North Osceola. 14".
03/10 - 03/11
|**||Another March anamoly.Very strong winds,
severe blowing and drifting.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Warsaw 8". Lk Ontario - West Monroe 11".
03/21 - 03/23
|***||Latest Lake Effect Event in 8 Years. Strong Winds. Intense off
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - South Dayton 14". Lk. Ontario - North Osceola. 28".