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 Fish 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
|Alewife 11/26 - 11/27||**||Marginal early season event. Good eastward extent.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Attica 10", Lake Ontario - Beaver Falls 13"
|Bluegill 12/1 - 12/3||*****||Classic intense steady event off Erie. Major impact.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Depew 39", Lake Ontario - Theresa 8"
|Carp 12/5 - 12/9||****||Classic long lasting northwest flow event. Strong Huron connection.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Randolph 47", Lake Ontario - Lacona 51"
|Dace 12/13 - 12/17||***||Long lasting NW flow event with strong Georgian Bay connection.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 22", Lake Ontario - Lacona 35"
|Emerald Shiner 1/2 - 1/5||***||Long lasting, varying flows, synoptically enhanced.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 11", Lake Ontario - Fulton 28"
|Fallfish 1/15 - 1/16||**||Evolved from synoptic snow, focus off Lake Ontario.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Colden 4", Lake Ontario - Fulton 22"
|Goby 1/21 - 1/22||**||Brief, but fairly intense event. Windy.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Colden 7", Lake Ontario - Minetto 17"
|Herring 2/9 - 2/11||**||Shifting winds, exclusive Lake Ontario event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - < 2", Lake Ontario - Pulaski 25"
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