Western New Yorkers are completely robust with regards to the frozen white stuff. So it is no shock that the weirdest and wild weather phenomena to have an effect on the Buffalo space are wintertime climate wonders.
From Jimmy Griffin’s sage advice to Buffalonians in the course of the Blizzard of ’85 to “Keep inside, seize a six-pack, and watch soccer sport,” to search out issues to like about winter after we do enterprise open air — nobody does winter like Western New York.
However it’s a must to admit — it could possibly get, properly, bizarre round right here in winter. Listed below are six actually fascinating (and cool) winter climate phenomena you possibly can spot in WNY.
These little guys have a couple of names: snow rollers, snow rolls, or (my favourite) snow bales. They kind when each the wind and snow sort is excellent.
A snow curler is a uncommon meteorological phenomenon through which cylindrical snowballs are fashioned naturally as chunks of snow roll down hill or are blown alongside the bottom by wind, choosing up additional snow alongside the way in which, in a lot the identical means that the massive snowballs utilized in snowmen are made.
A rainbow is a mirrored image of daylight bouncing off a reflective floor (historically rain or mist) that our eyes see as a rainbow.
When it is actually chilly, ice crystals keep suspended within the air, and similar to mist would, you are capable of see the form of the rainbow throughout the whole horizon.
In accordance with Wikipedia: “A solar canine (or sundog) or mock solar, formally referred to as a parhelion in meteorology, is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a shiny spot to at least one or either side of the Solar. Two solar canines typically flank the Solar inside a 22° halo.”
It is a phenomenon you are extra more likely to hear than really feel — frost quakes! They occur when the groundwater freezes and due to this fact expands, pushing and shoving the earth round with it.
Now that is cool, and the one pictured under is at Letchworth State Park.
Principally, an ice volcano is what occurs when ice builds up round a effervescent/shifting water supply and freezes into somewhat mountain over time. The still-moving water beneath is pushed up via the ice and that is the way you wind up with this magnificence.
Western New Yorkers aren’t any stranger to this driving (and strolling) hazard. Black ice occurs when snow or sleet is moist when it hits a floor — just like the highway — and shortly refreezes — making the slick spots exhausting to identify.
There’s nothing trickier, particularly when touring on the Thruway and encountering black ice.
Lake Impact Snow
When you do not dwell close to one of many Nice Lakes, “lake impact snow” may be exhausting to explain. Buffalonians know the way unpredictable lake impact snow may be, as you see the clear bands between complete whiteout and fully clear situations on this time-lapse.
Unusual Climate Options and Folklore
There are tales that return to the primary days of humanity as we tried to grasp and clarify the climate. Listed below are 51 of probably the most intriguing climate questions in historical past.