Written By: Scott Hetsko
I was working on some graphics for our upcoming Winter Ready special today and thought I would post an image that should remind you of what Winter can be here in Rochester. I remember this month well and it's one we will highlight in the show on November 17th. The NAO was strongly negative during this month during a neutral oscillation pattern in the Pacific (No La Nina OR El Nino). The result was 4 weeks of punishing cold and snow in Western New York. It snowed at least a trace 28 days in a row and many days we record 2 to 5" each day.
Some snow covered the highways each day even with all the plowing. Salt could not melt the snow pack with temperatures remaining in the teens and single digits on many days. We recorded 7 days with below zero air. The coldest morning was -12 degrees on January 10th. Time will tell if we will have similar weather at some point this Winter. My early thoughts are that we will have a harsh period of cold and snow but perhaps not as intense as January 2004!