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Heather’s Weather Whys: May's cold snap was overdue

'Snow' and 'cold' are unwelcome words in May to begin with. But this past winter’s very mild pattern made our recent cold snap even harder to accept.
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For the first time in over 30 years, measurable snow fell in the month of May at the Buffalo Airport. Sure, we’re used to long, cold winters. But this past weekend’s weather was remarkable even for us.

The month of May has been chilly in the past, but what may be making this most recent cold snap even more of a struggle is how mild almost the entire winter season was. Both January and March were in their respective “top 10 warmest” lists. February was a little warmer than normal too. And we all know that all three months had skimpy amounts of snow.

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On top of all of that, Lake Erie never froze. Even our shorelines were largely ice-free throughout the cold season. That had a lot of us thinking we were home free and in for an early jump on summer. 

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But the atmosphere is always there to remind us that while the lake can influence quite a few aspects of our weather, it’s never the final answer. 

In this week’s Heather’s Weather Whys, a look at why me may have actually been due for this colder weather, even if it did come at a lousy time.

New episodes of Heather’s Weather Whys are posted to the WGRZ YouTube channel every Wednesday evening. 

If you have a weather question for Heather to answer, send it to her at heather.waldman@wgrz.com or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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