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
The theme for this year's storm names is Flowers 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.
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!
|Storm Name||Flake Scale||
Highlights of the Event
|Amaryllis 12/10 - 12/12||*****||Classic WSW event, all ingredients prime. Well inland extent.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Springville 27", Lake Ontario - Highmarket 40"
|Begonia 12/16 - 12/17||*||Marginal NW flow event with good Georgian Bay connection.
Max snowfall: Lake Ontario - Scriba 15"
|Carnation 12/28 - 12/29||**||Evolution from synoptic event, pre-frontal backing flow. Bad timing.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Alden-Millgrove 11", Lake Ontario - Copenhagen 14"
|Daisy 1/1 - 1/4||***||Hybrid rare long lasting NW flow event. Near record totals off western Lake Ontario into the Niagara Frontier. Little impact/weekend.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Mayville 31", Lake Ontario - Fulton 42"
|Echinacea 1/27 - 1/29||*||Marginal multi-day event with frontal impact.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Buffalo SE 12", Lake Ontario - Hooker 18"
|Freesia 1/31 - 2/1||*||Relatively brief, but intense WSW Lake Ontario band.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - <2", Lake Ontario - Adams 16"
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