Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Embrace It

Unbeknownst to me prior to my arrival in Rochester, the area receives an abundance of snow.  (Okay, perhaps I did have slight forewarning of the weather.)  Surprisingly, the ample winter precipitation is frequently met with a collective groan, rather than what could be an emphatic embrace.  Because as is often the case, when Rochester does something, it does it in world-class fashion (think music, Riesling, children's museum, iconic companies, etc.)  Not only does it snow here, it snows in a way that makes the world take notice.  In fact, as measured by average annual snowfall among cities with over 100,000 residents, Rochester is one of the ten snowiest in the world.  So rather than shy away from this label, it's possible to wear it with pride.  Here are the top ten, in reverse order:

  • Buffalo, NY, USA (95 inches)
  • Rochester, NY, USA (99 inches)
  • Akita, Tohoku, Japan (107 inches)
  • Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (123 inches)
  • Syracuse, NY, USA (124 inches)
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (124 inches)
  • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (131 inches)
  • Toyama, Hokuriku, Japan (143 inches)
  • Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (191 inches)
  • Aomori City, Tohoku, Japan (312 inches!)


  1. I agree that we need to look at the winter as an asset. Each year my family goes snow tubing, ice skating, and to RIT and Amerks hockey games. Find something you enjoy to do in the winter and get out there and make the most of all 4 seasons!

    1. I totally agree. Nothing like a little sledding, ice skating, or skiing, followed by hot chocolate (or a stout.)

  2. That is true that holiday seasons are a great opportunity to reconnect with your family,I totally love Holiday's. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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