Stormscope

The weather was balmy in the days that followed the storm. But there was much to do on campus, including tree removal and pruning.

The weather was balmy in the days that followed the storm. But there was much to do on campus, including tree removal and pruning. (Photo by Nancy J. Parisi)

Snowfall: 22.6" officially recorded at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Statistics: October 12 snowfall beat previous October snowfall record of 6" for Buffalo set in 1909; October 13 snowfall broke the record set the day before

Ranked: Sixth greatest snowfall in Buffalo weather history

Duration: Approximately 16 hours, including about 12 hours of continuous thunder and lightning

Loss of life: Three fatalities during storm; another 10 deaths subsequently attributed to storm impact, including several caused by carbon monoxide poisoning

Estimated trees damaged: 300,000

October 24, 2006 announcement: Affected parts of Western New York declared “a major disaster” area by President George W. Bush

SOURCE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT REPORTS

To read alumni accounts of Buffalo weather events, see Repeat the Question.

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