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  •  Extra Points: Lake Effect and Finger Lake Effect (1+ / 0-)
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    "Finger Lake effect snow." When wind is just perfec... on Twitpic

    "Finger Lake effect snow"

    Lake Effect Snow is responsible for a good portion of our yearly snowfall. This is evident when looking at annual snowfall averages from around the region. North Central Pennsylvania, for example, does not get much lake effect snow and thus averages roughly 30" per year. Syracuse, on the other hand, averages over 100". Even over the eastern Finger Lakes region, seasonal snowfall varies greatly.
    "Lake Effect Snow"
    •  Asdf (2+ / 0-)
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      WakeUpNeo, weatherdude

      The effect is exacerbated here in Ithaca and over near Sebeca Lake as they rarely freeze over anymore - thus generating more enhanced snowfalls to their South than the smaller Finger Lakes that sometimes DO freeze over.

      •  Guessing you meant Seneca Lake... (2+ / 0-)
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        weatherdude, barbwires

        and noting that Seneca Falls sits between the heads of Cayuga and Seneca.

        Fond memories of amazingly huge piles of snow around there every winter throughout the fifties to mid-sixties.

        •  and the great blizzard of 78 in Buffalo (0+ / 0-)

          was mostly lake effect; only about 12 inches or so fell as a low pressure system, the rest was cement like lake effect that had to be removed with construction equipment in some cases. it's why i like living in the northeast not far from the coast; you can get serious 2 foot blizzards even right in the cities, but they are not common. Actually, the mid Atlantic may be in for a big one; but it will probably leave out NYC; probably gets to Sandy Hook and that's it. Syracuse gets snow from both noreasters and lake effect; Pittsburgh does to some extent as well, but not  nearly as much as Syracuse, which might be the snowiest populated city in the USA.

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