LAKE EFFECT STORM "EGYPTIANMAU"
DECEMBER 6-7, 2005
Lake Flake scale: **** 4 Flakes
Maximum Snowfall: Lk. Erie: 29" (Perrysburg). Lk. Ontario: 16" (Mexico).
Duration: 21 Hours +/-
Prime Feature: Intense classic westerly flow lake storm.
Lake Flake Scale: **** 4 Flakes
A similar scenario played out off Lake Ontario although the band was a bit more transient. It began over central Jefferson and northern Lewis counties Tuesday afternoon and gradually settled south into the Tug Hill Tuesday night before settling further south across Oswego county and eventually down to eastern Wayne and Onondaga counties by midday Wednesday (7th). Again, it was disrupted as a secondary trof passed during Wednesday afternoon. Over a foot fell on the Tug Hill for the second time in three days! But as on Erie, even the lakeshore shared in heavy totals with Oswego catching a solid foot.
It should be noted also that the snow never stopped completely between the previous event (DevonRex) and this one. Light snow hugged the lakeshores south of Buffalo and near Watertown during the night of 5-6th but only amounted to an inch or two. The new lake effect event developed shortly after noon Tuesday and is named Egyptian Mau.
This was a classic intense but relatively brief event. It had very high accumulation rates and fell over some populated areas like Dunkirk and also ski country. It earns **** 4 Stars ****.
|S. Dayton||15 inches|
Off Lake Ontario