Buffalo blizzard is a lot worse than the usual Western New York snow

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The first reaction of many (well, at least of me) to the news of a snowstorm in Buffalo was:  It’s Buffalo.  It snows there.

But this specific Buffalo snowstorm apparently puts all other Buffalo snowstorms to shame.

As explained by Peter King of TheMMQB.com in a series of tweets, four feet fell on Orchard Park on Tuesday.  On Thursday, up to another three feet will land on top of the four already on the ground.  (If my math is correct, and it rarely is, that’s seven feet of snow.)

“I’ve been here 26 years.  This is the toughest weather I’ve ever seen here,” Bills senior V.P. of communications Scott Berchtold told King.

Already, 220,000 tons (440 million pounds) of snow have been removed from the property on which Ralph Wilson Stadium is located.  With a driving ban in place, players won’t be able to get to work today.

Which means that the team’s injury list of Wednesday will include every player as not practicing, with “snow” in parentheses after their names.

44 responses to “Buffalo blizzard is a lot worse than the usual Western New York snow

  1. If my memory serves me correctly as an eastern NY native who was displaced in Colorado at the time, but the Buffalo area got a similar storm about 13-15 yrs ago. Approximately 7 ft also in a 48 hr time frame. My now ex wife made the comment that she wanted to move there, and now you know why she’s my ex!!! That kind of thinking will not be tolerated.

  2. Which means that the team’s injury list of Wednesday will include every player as not practicing, with “snow” in parentheses after their names.
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    LOL that’s awesome! Good one needed a laugh today!

  3. Uh, you could’ve used that awesome picture of the snow cloud rolling over the lake and you chose that picture? Lame.

  4. As a displaced former resident of Bflo, this much snow in 48 hours has happened before. About 15 years ago. It takes three or four days, but everyone helps each other out and digs out. It is actually kinda cool, you see people cross country skiing down Main St. to get to work, or the less athletically inclined will ride snowmobiles and everyone is out walking the streets with snow shovels digging themselves and everyone else out. It is not for everyone, but the kids love it and it is a nice couple of days off from work. The best part, you will not hear a single person from Buffalo whine about it.

  5. Has there been a Brandon Spikes sighting with the snow storm ?

    We remember what happened the last time it snowed in Foxborough and he couldn’t get his Porshe Carerra out of his driveway.

  6. Hey, when I can’t get to work because of snow, I work from home. Surely the Bills can do that. Get out the spare pads, log on to the remote gridiron, and get busy!

    Or they could play Madden 14.

  7. “I can’t help but notice that no one uses the term “Global Warming” anymore …”

    They stopped using the term because some people don’t understand how it works and take it to mean something entirely different. Global warming is not the same as weather…

  8. I didn’t realize how lame D.C. was until I moved there from upstate NY and saw what a quarter inch of snow does to this town. People actually panic, loading their cars up with flats of bottled water and then spinning out on the beltway and trapping everyone there for 12 hours while Planet of the Apes music plays in the background. These people run the country by the way.

  9. Didn’t the Sabres have a guy out of the game last night and the reason was “stuck in snow” or something like that?

    I live in Maine and can’t imagine getting that much at one time. I hope everything ends as well as possible in the region. That’s a tough situation.

  10. They changed the term from Global Warming because after the predictions of 25 years ago failed to happen when they should have, 5-10 years ago, they realized they needed a new term that would be more difficult to show as inaccurate.

    But it still remains, the term Global Warming was supposed to cause warm weather. remember the Ice caps would be gone, NYC under water from rising tides. Beach front property on the west side of the NJ Turnpike.
    Not 7 feet of snow. If the predictions were correct this would have been a rain issue.

    Climate change can be used to explain any current weather event.
    Even events that occur now, but also occurred YEARS before man burned anything other than wood.

    So now we have to wait another 20 years for Climate Change to prove to be meaningless. Then await the new term.

  11. @CommonsenseDude

    “I can’t help but notice that no one uses the term “Global Warming” anymore …”

    Actually – this “snow event” was caused by WARMER than normal lake water temperatures meeting COLDER than normal air temperatures. Combine that with southwesterly winds and you get a “long fetch” lake effect snow band set up to aim directly at the South Buffalo region.

    So indirectly – “warm” did create extra snow…
    Just goes to show – weather is weird.

  12. You can’t understand something that never existed. Man made global warming is a myth and always was. It’s been 18 years since we had any warming trend. Give it up.

  13. @raiderufan

    Yes, Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta was scratched last night against San Jose due to (Snow). Pretty sure he lives in Hamburg 20 minutes south of downtown. It was arguably the hardest hit area with about 4 feet so far… another few feet possible if you can believe it

  14. The myth that was once termed “Global Warming” has now been changed to “Climate Change” but the myth remains the same.

  15. osiris33 says:
    Nov 19, 2014 10:13 AM
    You can’t understand something that never existed. Man made global warming is a myth and always was. It’s been 18 years since we had any warming trend. Give it up.

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    Or maybe it’s just you who doesn’t understand. I’ll take the word of NASA and the majority of the world’s climate scientists over yours.

  16. Buffalo has the Jets in town this week. If the NFL schedulers had a sense of humor, it would have been Miami.
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  17. If people would take the time to understand weather patterns and Global Warming, people would begin to realize that the rest of the planet besides the US is seeing above normal temperatures. The Jet Stream is buckling because the Polar Ice Caps are melting due to Global Warming, forcing the Jet Stream south, something you won’t hear on FOX Noise.

  18. I live in the Elmwood Village in Buffalo 5 miles north of Downtown, and have seen maybe 3 inches since Monday night. Yet just miles south of downtown in South Buffalo, there’s 4 feet.

    Unbelievable to thing if I got in my care and drove 10 miles, I’d get stranded because of extreme snow, yet, it’s fine here. The fact that more is coming is also ridiculous.

  19. Forget the “complex” science. How about the basics?
    More people burning more stuff = more heat.
    It has to “go” somewhere. It doesn’t have zero effect.
    The poles ARE melting (fact). Sea level IS rising (fact), Carbon is collecting in the ocean and acidifying it (fact), etc.

    If you put more energy into the (eco)system, despite Earth’s incredible buffering capacity, you will get more amplification of it. That means: more extremes, and less predictability in it’s function. Higher highs, lower lows …

    What about this don’t you get??

  20. As much as I don’t like turning this forum into a global warming debate…4-5 feet of snow in 48 hours followed by 2-3 feet of snow in 24 hours, all in mid November is not normal. Furthermore, having this large dump of snow only affect a very concentrated and particular portion of the Buffalo region, while almost totally unaffecting the remainder of the region- that is bizarre and abnormal as well.

    Abnormal weather patterns are the beginning of global warming. This storm was caused by the abnormally cold winds creating moisture over the abnormally high temperature of the lake for this time of year.

    Please educate yourselves. I’m far from a liberal, but climate change and global warming is real.

  21. “I can’t help but notice that no one uses the term “Global Warming” anymore …”

    Come out to California–you might hear it quite a bit. It’s 70 degrees right now where I live and it’s been like this since January. I think our rainfall total for the year is about .25″. Hey Buffalo, can we have some of your snow!?

  22. metitometin says: Nov 19, 2014 10:59 AM

    If people would take the time to understand weather patterns and Global Warming, people would begin to realize that the rest of the planet besides the US is seeing above normal temperatures. The Jet Stream is buckling because the Polar Ice Caps are melting due to Global Warming, forcing the Jet Stream south, something you won’t hear on FOX Noise.
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    I’m not claiming to be an expert, or even sufficiently educated on the matter, but I thought I read somewhere the Southern ice cap is actually growing, while the North is receding. Is this true?

  23. What I want know is how the hell they moved that many tons of snow (multiple trainloads) if the roads are impassable? I’ve been through Buffalo but haven’t seen the stadium; doubt there’s a rail siding or dock next to it.

  24. The idea that Buffalo is the mecca of snow and that there is ALWAYS more snow there than anywhere else is really an Urban Legend.

    Yes, they get quite a bit of Lake effect off of Lake Erie.

    But as for consistent snowfall totals?

    Just about EVERY year SYRACUSE (not Buffalo) has the most in the state.

    Last year ROCHESTER exceeded them all.

    Just some upstate info for ya there Florio…

  25. The water temperature in Lake Erie off the coast of Buffalo, on November 18, 2014, was tied for the 10th COLDEST November 18th water temperature since measurements began in 1927. The NOAA maintains a chart on its web site – it is very easy to read.

    So, everyone needs to stop blaming global warming. Global warming making the water warmer thus leading to more lake-effect snow is an interesting concept, but it doesn’t apply because the facts don’t agree: the water WASN’T WARM.

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