I've been watching the news about the huge lake-effect snows in up-state NY and reading about 6, 8, 10, 12 feet of snow. I've also been looking at the photos of 2, 3, maybe, if you stretch it, 4 feet of snow. One AP photo shows a home almost fully covered by snow but the front lawn lamps only have a bit over 2 feet of snow around them. After looking, the snow around the house is what was shoveled off the roof. Another news photo shows a garage covered with snow but the car in the driveway only has snow up to the top of the tires. The shopping center parking lot photo clearly showed where the shopping carts go. I don't know about New York but here in Colorado, those pipe rails are only about 3-4 feet high and the photo clearly showed the entire top of them. Another recent AP photograph showed fire hydrants on the street corner. Nothing over 3 feet high in any photo was covered by the snow.
I've seen scores of photos, photo essays, slide shows and such of this huge lake-effect storm in NY but I have yet to see a single photo of really deep snow. Is it because nobody can get in or out of the areas to take the photos? While the snow I'm seeing is bad, 2 to 3 feet, it isn't the 10 to 12 feet being reported by the news. The 10 or 12 feet snow would be extremely heavy and causing a lot of damage but there hasn't been a single news story in our media about roof problems or animals being trapped in New York. Not a thing like what we had in our smaller Colorado snows.
I remember when I lived in Victor, NY in the '90s and we got 6 feet of snow, you couldn't see my Ford Bronco in the driveway -- it was completely buried. When I opened the front door, you couldn't see anything due to the snow that slid off the roof. When we got 6 feet of snow, it looked like we got 6 feet. You could not see anything 6 feet tall, much less shorter objects.
So, the news says NY got twice that amount (12 feet) but the news photos clearly show short things 3 feet high or shorter. I'm confused. Why is it that not a single news source has been able to come up with a single photograph of deep snow after over a week of reporting on this? Why hasn't the deep snow caused any structural problems? Why are the livestock and wildlife able to move around and feed in snow 4 times their height? Why no avalanches from the unstable deep snow? Where's the deep snow?
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