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Photo (this was taken in May) courtesy of Historic Polonia Preservation District

It’s been up around 90 over the past few weeks or so, but a comforting(?) reminder that cooler days await exists on Buffalo’s East Side, near the large Art Deco Central Terminal, a grand train station that is no longer in use.  The big black pile of what looks (most unattractively) like dirt is really a combo of snow, ice, and grit left over from when this was the only place the city had to put all the tonnage of snow it was plowing (11,000 truckloads to be exact). Actually, there were a few protests about it at the time, and now we see why it’s not the best idea to choose one place. A bunch of smaller piles wouldn’t have had this staying power. On the other hand, you have to sympathize with the city—its options were limited.

This is recent–look at the temp. Note grass growing on pile.

Why won’t it melt? Well, it did, to a certain extent, but, as that happened the trash and dirt that came along with the snow formed a protective layer, insulating the snow/ice part. However, the timing was just right a few days ago to start breaking the pile apart, and by the time you read this it will be almost gone.

Posted by

Elizabeth Licata
on August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am, in the category Science Says.


  1. I per-pose a water pipeline form east of the the great lakes to the Sierras. It would be a huge undertaking and would employ many people and once completed we could capture all of the excess snow and pump it to the a needed place for storage in the mountains as snow. This scheme could help even out the weather across the plans as well. The East gets too much snow most of the time and California doesn’t get enough. Just say n

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