Where is the Snow

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We got snow

Colorado Springs, CO

#1 Feb 15, 2007
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?

Home in Colorado
Bill C

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Feb 16, 2007
I have been asking the same question. Colorado gets 2 feet and animals are dying, people are isolated, roads are closed and a month later they are still cleaning up.

NY gets 10 feet of snow and the critters are all doing fine. People are out shoveling their walks and driving around and not a word about wildlife or anything like what happened in Colorado.

Weird
Pierre

Baie-comeau, Canada

#3 Feb 16, 2007
I even herd a news on internet where the reporter claims that a Wall Mart closed because of snow on the roof, and she clearly say that there detected 60 feet of snow... finally, the problem seems to be reporters that exagerate and don't think before talking.
Mike

Constableville, NY

#4 Feb 19, 2007
I have heard the same questions from others as to why it looks like less snow on TV and in the media. The snow is here and the amounts are not exagerated at all. I actually dug a hole to see how the snow formed on the ground. Yes, I do have alot of time on my hands, but what else is there to do up here but shovel. I found that the snow is getting very compressed under each new snowfall, making seperate layers from each of the storms. Right now, it is nothing but a super hard packed base, in which the lower layers have already turned to a crusty ice. I live in Oswego where it was reported that we had over 11' of snow and as of 2/19 we have a "solid" four feet on the ground. Not the kind of snow that you would want to manually dig through. If the snow did not compress like it has and remained in a fluffy state, it would show the true amounts indicated. The only reason the area has received the media attention it has is due to the large amount falling over such a short period of time. Amounts like this are the norm for this area, but it is usually spread out through the entire season.

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