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 Dogs 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
|Akita 11/6 - 11/7||**||Marginal event. P-type issues. First of season. Elevation oriented.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Mayville 8", Lake Ontario - Highmarket 4"
|Borzoi 12/3 - 12/5||***||Unusually strong northwest flow event. Rare lake effect totals across Finger Lakes and Allegany basin. Major
Rochester and Syracuse event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 15", Lake Ontario - Constantia 21"
|Collie 1/14 - 1/15||**||Very moist airmass. Marginal temperature conditions. Complicated synoptic pattern.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Boston 10", Lake Ontario - Highmarket 4"
|Dalmation 1/19 - 1/21||****||Classic westerly flow event. Very dry and cold airmass, but great parameters otherwise. Longevity and little shear.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 25", Lake Ontario - Fulton 37"
|English Setter 1/23 - 1/24||***||Two phase event. Typical westerly flow and then northwest shift.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Colden 22", Lake Ontario - Redfield 41"
|Foxhound 1/25||*||Brief marginal event. Westerly flow.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - 1-4", Lake Ontario - Barnes Corner 11"
|Great Dane 1/30 - 1/31||**||Windy. Marginal event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Colden 4", Lake Ontario - Hooker 14"
|Husky 2/10 - 2/11||****||Windy with whiteouts. Severe cold and local blizzard conditions, mainly off Lake Ontario.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 6", Lake Ontario - Minetto 41"
|Ibizan Hound 2/15 - 2/16||*||Brief marginal event on wnw flow.
Max snowfall: Lake Ontario - Wolcott 10"
|Jack Russell 2/19 - 2/20||****||Impressive westerly flow event. Uncertain ice coverage issues off Lake Erie.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Elma 14", Lake Ontario - Pulaski 49"