Pile of the white stuff in a parking lot in New Hampshire.
This week was the first snowfall in Montreal , Canada which is about 5 hours north of where I live in Upstate New York. Each year people have to remember to slow down and gently pump the breaks as the first flakes fall. Enjoy the video , and know that no one was hurt except probable pride and of course smashed vehicles. Notice that professional drivers, bus, snow plow, and police slid right down that downtown hill. Obviously there is a layer of black ice under the rather light snow. In fairness, it is very hard, nearly impossible,to drive safely on the ice. . . . . sliding with no control as you see in the video. Watch the video for a smile this wintery morning, but come back to the text below for snow report!
I remember my first visit to Montreal when I went on a tour of the city. The guide reported that so much snow falls in a season that it is necessary to fill up dump trucks with the snow and dump it in the harbor.
Buffalo, New York has always been known as the snowiest place in the United States. I am not sure how they make that claim because with research, Syracuse gets more snow. per year. And somehow I doubt that the Chamber of Commerce is fond of that statistic being out there, though there are people in this area of the country who love snow!
So where does that huge amount of snow go to clear the streets and sidewalks during the cold months where the temperature rarely, if ever, reaches 32 degrees? Since the environment is a consideration and dumping dirty snow into the harbor is not environmentally friendly, the large dump trucks take the snow to dump at “snow farms” outside of the city and put in giant piles to let it melt naturally. But when the farms become full, it is still necessary to dump in the harbor. In New York City and Boston there are huge melting machines and when the snow melts to water, it is put in the sewers. I remember hearing once that for every inch of snow in NYC, it costs $1,000,000 for this process of snow removal.
Snow per year:
New York City 24-36″
Albany 56 ”
Syracuse 116.9 Almost 10 FEET!
Message for the weatherman written in snow in a Syracuse parking lot.
Welcome to a Central New York winter !