We've had some downtime here in upstate NY and are using the time to analyze some of the data we've collected in the last several weeks over the Tug Hill Plateau. I wanted to share a very interesting graph that shows the dramatic impact that the Tug Hill Plateau has on winter storms and the love–hate relationship that Mother Nature has with snowpacks in the eastern U.S.
The graph shows the total snow depth at two sites. The first is Sandy Creek (elevation 475 feet) at the foot of the Tug Hill Plateau. The second is North Redfield (elevation 1275 feet) on the western slope of the Tug Hill Plateau. These are the middle two sites in the image below.
These sites may be only 800 feet difference in elevation, but the contrast in storm intensity and snowpack is enormous and impressive even for a hardened mountain weather scientist and powder snob like myself.