Epic and Historic Storm in Buffalo, New York USA
Historic snowfall dumps TWO FEET on Buffalo, New York USA on Friday, October 13, 2006.
EPIC AND HISTORIC STORM IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK USA
It came out of nowhere ...
Buffalo, New York is well-known for its’ quirky and sometimes severe and life-threatening weather, this is largely due to a storm known as the Blizzard of ‘77, which paralyzed the Western New York region in January of that year. For one solid week, we were the butt of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show monologues, where he lambasted Buffalo for its killer storm, a lake-effect Noreaster that blasted the landscape with snow. That storm halted work on our family farm — where my parents and brother were scattered — I personally spend five long boring days in a volunteer fire hall — not making it home in time.
On the overnight of October 12-13, 2006, Buffalo was once more subjected to a region-paralyzing storm, with 24+ inches falling, of the heaviest snow I have ever seen in any storm. This storm had knocked out the power for more than 140,000 families in the WNY area, were without power for up to six days (with still about 15% to restore, six days out) and a seventh night for a small percentage of communities which are expected to be completed by Friday or Saturday.
I had just so happened to have had the NOAA live-feed open in a window on my desktop, and this storm materialized in a very short time, and that was unusual in itself. It stated to snow, and as the evening wore on, the power went out for my home at about 7:45pm on October 12th. It didn’t come back on until 6:30pm yesterday, October 18th. That is six days of candlelight and a roaring fire in the fireplace. Even though they are saying that 24 inches fell, in my own backyard, there was 30+ inches, because of blowing snow.
Just like the historic storm of twenty-nine years ago, this snowstorm was of epic, historic proportions.
In all this reporters forty-four years, I simply cannot remember a storm of this magnitude this early in the winter season. This was two full weeks BEFORE Halloween, for God’s sake! When I awoke to a freezing house on Friday October 13th, I took a look out the window. I took a series of digital photos, which are immediately below, throughout the story. The destruction was simply unbelievable! Every tree on my property is completely destroyed!
Looking at the desolation on my own street, I wondered if this was one of those HAARP storms, created by the military? Richard Hoagland opined that Katrina had several geometric attributes, and I concur, after viewing his data.
This was more than just a snowstorm. The weather records for our area began to be kept in 1871, and in all those years until last week, we had NEVER experienced anything quite like this in the middle of October. This storm had destroyed many of the trees in our area, including every single tree on my property! Could THIS have been the October Surprise that the Bush regime had been threatening for this month, prior to the mid-term election in a couple of weeks?
The damage to the WNY area was widespread. Entire communities lost their electricity, and trees snapped like twigs under the heavy snowfall. More than 10,000 utility repairmen from outside our area had come to assist in getting the lights back on. This reporter sure appreciated having a fireplace in the house, otherwise, I may have contended with burst water pipes, and the six days and nights spent without power would have been brutal, as I sat shivering in the darkness.
Just as soon as the storm moved in, the temperature rose high enough as to allow a quick thaw. Because this reporters home sits atop an embankment, there was no basement flooding whatsoever. To assist in help to the area, New York Governor George Pataki, the Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown declared the area a disaster. FEMA brought in personnel and set up a command center at the Eastern Hills Mall, a few miles from the home of this reporter.
I had taken several digital photos of the damage to my property, which can be seen immediately below ...
This first photo is my deck, which is buried in more than two feet of snow!
This second photo is my shed, which is also buried in more than two feet of snow!
This third photo is my neighbor's house across the street, which is buried in a wasteland of snow. The tree in the photo is soon to be no more!!
This photo shows one of the trees in my front lawn, which had been completely destroyed by the storm!!
This is another photo of my neighbor's house, and the tree in my front lawn. ALL of the trees on my property were likewise destroyed!
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The following sources were used in the creation of this Kentroversy Paper . . .
A Week Later, Frazzled - Buffalo News (October 19, 2006)
Buffalo Gets Thunder Snow (October 13, 2006)
FEMA Teams Inspect Damage - Buffalo News (October 19, 2006)
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