Born in November last year after more than 7 feet of snow paralyzed parts of the area, the pile made world news earlier this week when the Associated Press reported it had withstood the warmth of spring and summer and was still “about the size of two school buses end to end.”
At its peak, the mammoth mound of snow had towered five stories high.
Over the course of the spring and summer, as it had begun to melt, the pile absorbed trash and dirt forming a protective layer that insulated it from the heat. New York State climatologist Mark Wysocki likened it to “an oreo cookie.”
Pictures taken early this week showed grass growing on the pile, as if it had morphed into a living, breathing being.
“Now that the snow pile has been broken apart, the melting process will increase dramatically,” News4 Buffalo said.
Buffalo’s decision to force its pile’s demise stands in contrast to the famous pile in Boston, which the city left alone until it died of natural causes on July 14.
“I wanted to see how long [Buffalo’s] baby could survive,” said Don Paul, chief meteorologist for News4 Buffalo, half-kidding. “At least Boston had the guts to see this through.”