The first snowflakes of the October Surprise Storm of 2006 at Buffalo were reported at 1:09 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, according to the National Climatic Data Center's finalized weather reports from the day.
They were mixed with snow pellets and mist.
Lake Erie's temperature was 62 degrees, but the surface air temperature at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was just 36 degrees.
The data shows the first thundersnow was reported at the airport at 3:54 p.m.
Heavy snow and thundersnow was reported throughout the late afternoon, according to the weather report. Visibility was reduced to one-quarter mile at times.
As darkness set in, it was still snowing. The temperature was dropping into the mid-30s, reaching the freezing point by 9:21 p.m.
Still fully-leafed trees started buckling under the weight of the heavy, wet snow.
Lights began to flicker and then they went dark. In some places, power remained out for two weeks.
Below are the copies of the official National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's finalized weather tables from Oct. 12-13, 2006:
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