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
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
|Ayrshire 11/17 - 11/18||**||Very Cellular, Great Dendritic Snow Crystal
Growth, Lightning and Thunder.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perry 7.5", Lake Ontario - West Fulton 12.5"
|Beefalo 12/9 - 12/10||**||Weak event mixed with synoptic snow and some rain
near Lake Erie, slow start but eventually well defined band east of Lake
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - N. Tonawanda 5.9", Lake Ontario - Osceola 17"
|Canadienne 12/27 - 12/28||*||Marginal lake effect event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 6.5", Lake Ontario - East Lacona 17"
|Dutched Belted 1/2 - 1/3||**||Strong winds during the first half of the event
produced significant blowing and drifting snow.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Sherman 17.1", Lake Ontario - Montague and Osceola 12"
|Evolene 1/13 - 1/14||***||Robust lake effect following synoptic snow.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 34", Lake Ontario - Montague 18"
|Fjall 1/30||***||Localized intense, anticyclonic
lake snow band.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - < 2", Lake Ontario - Fulton 33"
|Guernsey 2/11 - 2/13||**||Significant northwest flow lake
effect for metro Rochester.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 5", Lake Ontario - Rochester 12"
|Holstein 2/24 - 2/25||**||Upstream Connections on Northwest
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 17.5", Lake Ontario - Pittsford 5.2"
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