Written by: Stacey Pensgen
Sorry, I'm a big Bon Jovi fan. We're getting to the point where we're halfway through the snowy season, and many snow lovers are wondering when winter will begin?! I know Matt just posted a new blog yesterday, but this will either get snow lovers excited, or really, really...not excited. Here are a few stats on where we have been, and where we're going (historically) in Rochester.
First, the "bad" news: typically, in years where our January snowfall has been lacking, we struggle to make it to 70-80" of snow, with 100"+ nearly impossible. I said nearly:
Now onto the "good" news: as Scott showed us, the February-March period has the potential to be quite snowy around these parts. With the lakes (especially Erie) having the tendency to freeze over and limit lake effect later in the winter, it stands to reason that the majority (not all, Lake Ontario still contributes a bit) of snow comes from synoptic systems. Similarly, these are the snowiest February-March periods since 2000:
So, you can either look at the rest of the winter in one of two ways: The glass is half empty in the sense that January was kind of a dud, and the rest of the season will follow. Or half full - we may still have quite a bit of snow to come. You and I both know there is no way to predict storms months out or weeks out, even a few days out in some instances! The stats are in front of you - decide how you want to look at them! Have a wonderful weekend and a frigid next week :)