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Buffalo's Winter Is 20th-Coldest On Record
The 2014-15 winter in Buffalo is the 20th-coldest on record with an average temperature of 22.8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
The National Weather Service's data dates back to 1884.
In February, temperatures at the Buffalo airport have averaged 14.5 degrees which is 10 degrees below normal. February 2015, at its current pace, would rank as one of the coldest in Buffalo history.
"It takes a lot to go actually above or below a normal temperature, so when you see a significant number like 10 degrees below normal for an average temperature for a month, 10 is pretty significant," National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Smith said. "It means we've had a lot of cold weather."
So far in February, temperatures have not risen above 32. Smith said that's not particularly unusual, since the average temperature this time of year is about 33 degrees.
On Monday morning, temperatures dropped to minus-10 degrees, breaking a 111-year-old record set in 1904.
In terms of snow, the National Weather Service ranks this the 43rd-snowiest winter in Buffalo history. With 96.3 inches recorded at the airport so far, Buffalo has a slight lead on Boston (95.7 inches). The 96.3 inches in Buffalo outpaces the average by more than two feet.
Buffalo's current snow pack is 26 inches deep, which is the largest since 2001-02, according to Smith.
Things to Do During Winter in Buffalo, New York
Buffalo has never been home to an NFL or NHL title, but it does boast one of the most passionate fan bases in the nation.
Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, is usually a sellout, so you need to get tickets well in advance of the regular season which runs from September to January.
You don't have to know a ton about the team to enjoy the game-day experience. Tailgaters show up outside the stadium around 9 a.m. for a 1 p.m. game, setting up tents, kegs and grills in the stadium parking lot and the surrounding area.
The wind chill and lake-effect snow in the late fall and winter months tests the passion of Bills fans and the toughness of opposing teams. The city's other professional sports team, the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, play in HSBC arena near downtown.
There's no tailgating here, but tickets can usually be purchased on site for one of the 41 regular season home games.
Besides its sports teams, Buffalo will also be called a winner by most folks for another reason---the chicken wing. While most everyone has tasted a variation of this famous party food, not enough have experienced it in the original form.
Anchor Bar is the original home of the buffalo chicken wing, which was first served in 1964 by Frank and Teressa Bellissimo.
This modest, brick establishment on Main Street serves meaty wings by the bucket (up to 100 in a single order) on game days and slathers them in Anchor Bar sauce, which tends to be more hot than spicy.
And although the place didn't serve up the first pizza pie, its triple-cheese or meat lover's specialties are certainly a suitable complement to the main course wings.
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