And then again…


… sometimes the lake effect machine points itself at the western suburbs. As of this morning the Camillus CoCoRaHS observer was reporting snow depth of 13″, compared to 16″ at the Syracuse airport. I was out in the driveway with the snowblower this week four times… in three days.

And then again again, there are the synoptic storms, which are entirely different. In particular storms sometimes come up the east coast. Like this upcoming weekend. And sometimes their track and their size are such that Syracuse takes a hit, like at the end of January 1966 when a combination of synoptic and lake effect weather dumped nearly four feet of snow on the city.

A lot of the time, though, the coastal storms stay to our south and east. So this time, while they’re forecasting 30 inches in Washington, DC, little to no new snow is expected in Syracuse.Screenshot 2016-01-22 at 1130 inches in DC will be brutal. I lived in the Washington suburbs while going to grad school at the University of Maryland about 35 years ago and I recall schools being closed if an inch or two of snow fell.

We had two allegedly 50-year snow storms during my time there. About 15″-18″ of snow each time and it shut the university down for a week. The first of those storms I and two friends were driving back that night from Boston and the roads just got worse the further south we went. Made it though. A week after the second storm I was walking home along Route 1, except then I discovered I was walking in Route 1 — in a right turn lane that still had not been plowed.

For the current storm, Congress is adjourning until Tuesday, but our New York congresspeople are toughing it out (or being stupid):

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus [NY], said they planned to keep their Washington offices open Friday and Monday, regardless of snow conditions.
This is how civil wars start, you know.

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