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COMET_CASE_032: COMET Case Study 032:Buffalo Lake Effect Snowstorm

Summary

On 20 November 2000, Buffalo, NY was hit with a lake effect snowstorm with strength unseen in several years, and a disruptive force unequalled in nearly 25 years.Buffalo received 2 feet of snow in a relatively short time, with most falling in a 7-hour period. Frequent lightning occurred all afternoon with this snowfall, and the timing could not have been worse, as the brunt of the snowfall began around 2 p.m. local time. Many people spent the night in autos, and buses full of school children were trapped, eventually spending the night in stores or makeshift shelters.

Objectives:

This case allows the study of a classic severe lake effect snowstorm.

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Additional information

GCMD Name COMET > Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training
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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2000-11-19 00:00:00
End Date 2000-11-21 23:59:59

Spatial coverage


Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 46.30, Minimum (South) Latitude: 40.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -83.40, Maximum (East) Longitude: -73.50

Related projects

Parent project COMET: COMET Case Studies