Winter Snowstorm of March 14,2017 – Update

WooHoo!  It’s finally over.  According to the National Weather Service (NSW), Binghamton, NY received 31″ (78.7 cm) of snow.  That is a lot.  Fortunately, not that much fell at my house.  The final tally is 23″ (58.4 cm).  Why the discrepancy, you ask?  First, the NSW is at the Broome County Airport, which is on top of one of the highest points in the county.  Second, I do not live anywhere the airport.  In fact, I live at the diagonally opposite end of the county.  It’s all location, location, location.

Snowstrom 170314. 23

Snowfall:  23″ as measured on the trunk of my car.

So, here are the results.  23″ (58.4 cm) of snow landed at my house.  I couldn’t use my gas grill to measure the amount of snow because the wind started blowing and blew off that wonderful cone of snow that was growing.  I had to measure the snow depth on the trunk of my car.  The car was not visible this morning.  It was just a mound of white.  It took a while to excavate my car, but I finally found it under that mound of snow.

The barn was totally surrounded by a nice drift that wasn’t there yesterday.

Snowstorm 170314.  The barn.

The barn adrift in snow.

My bird feeder was more like an igloo than the all seed bird buffet.

All seed bird buffet.

All seed bird buffet.

Squirrel …oops… bird feeder in summer.

Last photo in the series will also provide a good perspective of the amount of snow that fell.  The bridge is a small footbridge that is over a ditch that diverts water from the hill above.

Snow buried bridge.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my record of the Blizzard of 2017.


Winter Snowstorm of March 14, 2017

After a winter with wild temperature fluctuations, why shouldn’t winter end with a blizzard.  Winter is making up for last year when hardly any snow fell.  I guess all those students wishing for a snow day  put multiple pairs of socks on inside out before going to bed last night.  I guess they got their wish.

As I do with most major snowstorms, I like to keep track of how it progresses.  So, here goes.

First of all, the snow didn’t start until around 1:00am this morning.  Don’t ask me how I know other than I was up then.

When I took the dog out this morning at about 8:20am, it was obvious that a significant amount of snow had fallen, 11″ (28 cm) to be exact.  My dog,  Mindy, was not happy about it at all.  Three hours later, when I went back out at 11:30am, another 5.5″ (14 cm) had fallen.  The snowfall rate was 1.83″/hr (6.5 cm/hr).  I would agree that would be considered and significant snowfall rate.

11" (28 cm) snow

11″ (28 cm) at 8:23am as measured on my grill.

16.5" (41.9 cm) snow

16.5″ (41.9 cm) of snow at 11:30am.









My car under 16.5" of snow.

My car under 16.5″ (41.9 cm) of snow. View from porch.

My car is somewhere under 16.5″ of snow.  You can make out the left front wheel, left side view mirror, and left tail light.  I was standing on my porch when I took this photo.





18.75" of snow

18.75″ (47.6 cm) of snow at 1:10pm

At about 1:10pm I went back out for another measurement.  I had to use an old-fashioned yardstick because my 18″ steel ruler was just a bit too short.  In less than two hours, another 2.75″ (7 cm) piled up for at total of 18.75″ (47.6″).

Bird feeder on my porch.

… And the snow keeps





My car under 18.75″ (47.6 cm) of snow.



Less and less of my car is visible.  Pretty soon it will be nothing but a snow-encrusted blob.



Latest snowfall check at about 5:40pm. 21″ (53.3 cm) of snow has falling and it has no intention of slowing down.   I actually thought it was slowing up a bit.  It’s started up again.  The wind has picked up as well.  Oh, well.  Sigh.  Let the blizzard continue.

21″ and still falling.


My car under 21″ of snow. Not much visible.