In what has been declared by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a State of Emergency in parts of New York State, extreme winter weather conditions have piled on foot after foot of snow. To get a closer look at what has taken place, a drone operator has flown his aircraft over the scene.
In a series of YouTube videos, James Grimaldi offers aerial footage of West Seneca buried under the snow. In the comments of a video, Grimaldi explains he used a DJI Phantom 2 with a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, equipped with a GoPro Hero 4 camera.
He writes in a comment that the drone with the gimbal ran him $950, and the GoPro was $500 – but they were “worth every last penny even if [he] can’t make money with it” (i.e., selling video footage and, therefore, using the drone for a commercial purpose).
When asked in a comment how the aircraft functioned in the snow, he replied that it was ‘amazing,’ as the motion of the equipment keeps moisture off of the engines: “the only real vulnerable place.”
According to a news release from Gov. Cuomo, there's seven feet of lake-effect snow on the ground in some parts of the state.
Grimaldi’s aerial footage of the storm over West Seneca can be watched here.
Footage from subsequent days following the storm can be accessed here.