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 is Fruits 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
|Apple 12/13 - 12/14||***||Belated first event of the season.
Interaction with an arctic front.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Stockton 24". Lk. Ontario - Marion 12".
|Banana 12/24||***||High Impact on Buffalo Metro Christmas
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - West Seneca 13". Lk. Ontario - Pulaski 23".
|Cherry 1/5||**||Brief. Localized in Lake Ontario snowbelt.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - <2". Lk. Ontario - Lacona 19".
|Date 1/16 - 1/18||****||N-NW flow. Interaction with trough, synoptic
enhancement. Arctic air.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Perrysburg 19". Lk. Ontario - Gasport 24".
|Eldeberry 2/12||*||Brief. West flow ahead of arctic frontal trough.
Max snowfall: Lk. Ontario - Parish 14".
|Fig 2/17 - 2/18||*||West Northwest flow following frontal passage. Diurnal factor.
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Ellicottville 11". Lk. Ontario - Phoenix 10".
|Grapefruit 2/28 - 3/2||**||Hybrid three-part event. Synoptic/deformation/upslope-lake
Max snowfall: Lk. Erie - Perrysburg 24". Lk. Ontario - Lockport 18".
|Honeydew 3/4||*||Westerly flow, brief but intense event.
Max snowfall: Lk. Ontario - Scriba 10".
|Ilama 3/9 - 3/10||*||Great parameters, diurnal late season, migrating bands|