The volume of snow storms and floods have certainly made an impact over the last decade. In honor of the 10 year anniversary of YNN, Bill Carey looks back at some of the biggest weather events in recent history.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rain started to fall on June 25, 2006 and did not stop for the next 11 days. It was a combination of weather factors the National Weather Service said only occurred once every 200 years.
Ground Zero was the Southern Tier, where the Susquehanna, Chenango, Delaware, and Unadilla Rivers overflowed. The worst hit area was Conklin, where the damage was devastating.
The rains eventually let up during the first week of July. Flood waters receded, but a huge clean up effort was launched. The state estimated the damage at over $100 million.
Across the mid-Atlantic, the storm had claimed 16 lives.
Afterwards, the people of the Southern Tier expected some time to recuperate after the battle with water. However, that break was brief. Five years later, those heavy rains returned with Tropical Storm Lee.
More than ten inches of rain fell in the Susquehanna River valley, and more than 20,000 people across Broome County were forced from their homes. Some of the flood waters were up to 17 feet high.
The steps taken after the 2006 storm were not enough to make a difference in 2011. The Mohawk Valley also battled flooding. Damage from Tropical Storm Lee totaled more than $1 billion.
In 2013, communities in the Mohawk Valley, including Oneida and Herkimer, were hit again. The damage from the most recent storms was millions of dollars. However, the price tag fell below the requirement numbers for FEMA aid to homeowners and businesses.
Fortunately, New York State officials stepped in and offered aid and grants to help with clean up and rebuilding.
For Central New York and Northern New York, winter brings its own set of challenges. Although many are used to dealing with heavy lake effect snow, the storm in 2007 caught many people off guard.
A polar vortex was to blame for the massive system that lingered near Lake Ontario in February 2007. More than 12 feet of snow fell in the traditional snow belt. Syracuse also received substantial snow totals when the widespread storm hit.