#WxGeekSpeak: Lake Effect Snow

Every week, the blog introduces you to a technical term from the American Meteorology Society’s “Glossary of Meteorology”. Welcome to #WxGeekSpeak!

Lake effect snow can drop prolific amounts of powder & bring cities to a standstill. This atmospheric feature has two main ingredients. Click the video above to learn what they are.

Full definition of lake effect snow: Localized, convective snow bands that occur in the lee of lakes when relatively cold airflows over warm water.

In the United States this phenomenon is most noted along the south and east shores of the Great Lakes during arctic cold-air outbreaks.


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