Recap of Rochester's extreme weather for 2018

December 31, 2018 08:58 PM

We had all kinds of weather extremes in 2018. Here in Rochester we saw our share of snow, thunderstorms and extreme temperatures.

Here is a quick look back at some of the most memorable local weather events of the year.

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Snow: Nearly a foot of snow fell on March 2 causing all sorts of travel headaches across Rochester. It was nothing compared to the blizzard in March of 2017 but it still was the biggest single snow storm of the year.

Cars got stuck on the roads and an ambulance became immobilized, forcing paramedics to deliver a child into the world during the storm.

Heat: Of course the middle of summer is hot, but this July was one for the record books. It was one of the hottest on record with 10 days over 90 degrees and all but one day over 80 degrees for the high. For most of the month, the City of Rochester had a cool sweep in place as people struggled to beat the heat. 

Floods: That brings us to what I think was the worst local weather event of 2018. The torrential rains in Lodi, Seneca County on Aug. 14 brought devastating floods. During the early morning hours, a series of storms dropped over nine inches of rainfall across the hills near Lodi just east of Seneca Lake. The end result was a sudden rush of water into Lodi Point that destroyed over two dozen homes and an entire mobile home park. At one point, over 50 people were trapped by the flooding.

One local resident said,"That flood just came right through our house and just took everything, everything is just gone."

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the flooded community after the disaster, declaring a state of emergency for the small town. 


Robert Speta

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