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Chemical Engineering
South Londonderry VT

Surviving the Rochester Snow

Danielle Nutter on Tuesday, 19 February 2013.

In the event of this wonderful snow storm I thought that it would be appropriate to write about the wonderful weather in Rochester.Personally I really don't mind winter here in Rochester. Where I am from the weather is fairly similar, if not worse. But students come from everywhere to go to RIT and some might not know what snow really is. So let me give you a quick lesson :)


Atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.

So yeah, its frozen water vapor, but in the northeast I think it can be categorized even further. There are many types of snow textures. Here in Rochester we seem to get the light fluffy snow. This is usually cause by the lake when cold winds blow over the warmer lake water. This creates a snow band that can cause large amounts of light fluffy snow to fall. There are many pros and cons to this type of snow. Skiing conditions are great, especially if you like fresh powder. Also fluffy snow is a lot easier to clean off your car that dense icy snow. The one thing it is not great for is building a snowman :(. Don't worry though there are many times of the year where we get normal snowstorms, like today, where we get dumped on with wet heavy snow (great snowman weather)

So here is my advice to get through a rochester winter. This may be obvious but in the winter its fairly cold, around 30 degrees or less so puffy jacket, gloves and boots (warm and fuzzy). Bundle up and embrace it, but if you really don’t like the cold its perfect weather for hot chocolate and a movie!!

Pic via Chris Williams, 4th yr MechE Student