Fair Debuts WNY Snow Gauge

Recognizing the area's famous winters and storms

Matt Moran
August 16, 2018 - 5:00 am

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) - Standing 20 feet tall behind the Grandstand at the Hamburg Fairgrounds is a new graphic that is called Western New York's Snow Gauge. 

Towards the bottom it shows the area's least snowiest winter,1890 when only 22.4 inches fell. At the the top, 199.4 inches from 1977-78.

 

Marty Biniasz with the Erie County Fair says anyone can come and be in awe of the amount of snow that fell during this historic points. 

"See how you stack up to our major snowfalls of the year," Biniasz said.

Biniasz says the graphic will relocate to a locaton near 42nd street on the Fairgrounds so that it can visable during the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights in the winter. 

"You can keep tabs on our snowfall throughout the years, hopefully we will not be adding an extra layer to the gauge this year," Biniasz said.

At the ceremony that debuted the gauge. Buffalo's National Weather Service was honored. Judy Lavan is one of the Chief Meterologists at the NWS.

"I remember certain snows, I remember how we worked and what we did, it's neat to look back," Lavan said.

Lavan says they appreciates the honor the fair gave them at the debut of the gauge. She says their work often goes unnoticed.

"We often are blamed when things go wrong so it's nice for people to recognize the work my forecasters do," Lavan said.

In terms of what we could be seeing this winter. Lavan says they are expecting an El Nino. Which means possibly a warmer season than normal. But that does not mean the big snowfalls can still come.

 

 

 

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