Friday, December 13, 2013

Your Worst Nightmare Is My Idea of a Good Time

We got nailed again last night at our North Redfield location, but other areas of the Tug Hill Plateau and lowlands east of Lake Ontario probably got more.  Nevertheless, the scene here is once again refreshed and beautiful and we have some digging to do.  Although the cars are partially buried, the heroic-like family that is taking care of us had already plowed the driveway for us to get out and travel to our lowland site near Sandy Creek.  I can't say enough about the people in this area.  We could not do our science successfully without them.

The lake-effect system that formed yesterday sat to the north of where our Utah team is operating, but our research aircraft, mobile radar units, and other mobile teams were about to get some really good data in the evening hours.  Here in North Redfield, we received only some intermittent snow showers during this period.  The band came in last night and we were able to take some great upper-air soundings with weather balloons right as it was coming in and during its passage when it snowed hard. From 1 to 7 am we got about 10-11 inches of snow in 6 hours.

We are having the time of our lives here.  Yup, your worst nightmare is my idea of a good time.


  1. If I must live with Lake Effect it gives me comfort to know that it is for good reason! That this event and the OWLeS researchers will uncover new information makes every snowflake worthwhile. Keep up your great work!

  2. Nightmare, what nightmare, looks like a normal winter in upstate New York to me!