We still have snow!

Photo courtesy of
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.
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.

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Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. If they still existed, mammoths would tell us that this is how the last Ice Age started….snow that took longer and longer to melt away. Let’s see if it repeats this winter.

    (Not sure how toxic that leftover debris would be, but it looks pretty fertile!)

  2. 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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