No ice on lake but ice boom preps underway

Posted at 2:00 PM, Dec 04, 2015

It's still T-shirt, or maybe light jacket, weather in Western New York, but the NY Power Authority is still preparing to install the ice boom.

The ice boom is installed each year when the lake reaches 39 degrees or by December 16th, whichever comes first. Though there is no ice in sight on the warm lake, December 16th is less than two weeks away and crews are beginning the three-part process.

The barrel buoy installation to the anchor cables was completed Tuesday. On Friday, Sean Dowdell snapped a picture of crews pulling the pontoon strings from the storage site to the outer break wall at the Buffalo River.

The ice boom will be installed on December 16th, unless the lake reaches 39 degrees before then.

That seems unlikely with Buffalo breaking a 116-year-old snow record Friday for the latest date without measurable snowfall. This is the longest the Queen City has gone since 1899 without receiving at least a tenth of an inch of snow.

There's not even any snow in the forecast until at least next weekend, which means this record could extend days and days past the last one.

The record breaking event comes just one year after another historic event: Snowvember, when parts of Western New York saw seven-feet of snow in hours.

See the top 50 photos from Snowvember here.




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