Where we live off the eastern end of Lake Ontario in New York State is in an area referred to as the Snowbelt.
The snowbelt is an area that gets large amounts of lake effect snow which is caused by cold air moving over a large body of warm water that takes up moisture, and then when that moisture-filled air moves over the land and cools it produces large amounts of heavy snows.
The Tug Hill Plateau in New York State, which we are west of, receives the most snow in a non-mountainous area in the continental United States. Our average snowfall is over 200". We don't get all 200" at one time. It's an accumulated total for the season.
In winters where we have had significant snowfall, several people have to not only shovel or plow their driveways and walkways, but they also have to shovel their rooftops on their houses and barns. In the past several years people have had their roofs cave in from the heavy snow. And if we get rain that freezes on top of the snow it makes it a lot heavier.
Here are some links for more information on our documented snow accumulations.
Wikipedia definition and map of Snowbelt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowbelt
Wikipedia information on Lake Effect Snow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake-effect_snow
This is an article that was in the New York Times February 12, 2007: 8 Days, 10 Feet of Snow
I though I'd share with you some of our recent winter photos.
Hope you enjoy them!
|Sandy Creek, NY|
|Salmon River, Pulaski, NY|
|Mexico High School, Mexico, NY|
The Mexico High School's Dollars for Scholars Program sponsors a fund raising activity that consists of community members sponsoring Memory Lights that are displayed in the high school windows during the month of December. The donations raised goes towards scholarships for graduating seniors. Memory Lights can be dedicated to honor family members, students, teachers of the Mexico School District, or in honor of lives lost.
The Holly. . .
And The Ivy
|St. James Episcopal Church, Pulaski, NY|
I created this little video/slideshow (below) in 2009 and thought you might enjoy it. It's a compilation of several winter pictures over a period of a few years and all taken in New York State. Hope you enjoy your visit to our "Winter Wonderland" in this video titled "A New York White Winter".
|Mirror Lake- Lake Placid, NY|
Peace On Earth -
And Heaven and Nature Sing