The Buffalo-Niagara Microclimate

Here’s how it works here, just to clear things up:

Winter’s the problem; everyone knows that.  Winter begins in December, just like it does for everyone else, but it extends through March.  Well, one of the seasons has to lose a month, and the unlucky season is Summer.  Considering what Summer looks like in the central Plains and Midwest, it’s not a terrible trade.

  • Winter: December through March.
  • Spring: April through June
  • Summer: July and August
  • Autumn: September through November

In truth, it’s very lovely, with a late Spring and a full season of Autumn. Winters are fairly mild, but, as the caricature hints, a little on the wet side.  Chilly and snowy is the best way to put it.  Summer is pleasant enough, with just enough hot to make it interesting, and the lakes take the edge off any storm systems.  April, the first month of Spring, is miserable.  It’s generally rainy and cool, extending the heating season because the sun is hidden, and cabin fever really sets in because you can’t go out into the snow or onto the ice because it’s too warm, nor can you start preparing a garden because it’s too squishy.

Autumn (returning to emphasize), is long and full.  The sun is still nice and bright, but the air is light and cool.  September and October are great months to sit outside around a fire after dark, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows, staring up at the sky, and talking about nothing in particular.  Apple orchards, grape harvests, pumpkins and gourds, hay rides, blue skies, warm sweaters, and all the happy things we associate with Autumn are in the cornucopia of the Niagara Frontier.

There ya go!