A study on the increase of lake effect snowfall

Recent severe examples of this phenomenon have occurred as recently asdumping several feet of snow in the normally dry region. More than 15 degrees F -9 degrees C. The Truckee Meadows and other parts of Northern Nevada which are normally in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada can, when conditions are right, have severe snowfall as a result of lake effect from Lake Tahoe.

The changes that have been observed are consistent with the modeling studies that we presented, so under the scenario of increased warming and decreased lake ice cover we can have greater confidence that those changes will continue to be magnified. Lake Erie produces a similar effect for a zone stretching from the eastern suburbs of Cleveland through Erie to Buffalo.

Main areas of the Upper Peninsula snow belt include the Keweenaw Peninsula and BaragaMarquette and Alger counties, where Lake Superior contributes to lake-effect snow, making them a prominent part of the Midwestern snow belt.

Historical lake effect snow trends are from a station list compiled by Kunkel et al. If the air isn't cold, how are we going to get lake-effect snow to form? Most of the uncertainty is related to how well weather is represented in the models for the Great Lakes region, but even the best GCMs have spatial resolutions too coarse to simulate lake-effects and other small-scale dynamics.

The remaining lakes had mixed results depending on the time frame selected for the analysis because there were only a few stations to choose from during the earlier part of the period. Powder snow avalanches result from a deposition of fresh dry powder and generate a powder cloud, which overlies a dense avalanche.

Snowmelt Snowmelt-induced flooding of the Red River of the North in Many rivers originating in mountainous or high-latitude regions receive a significant portion of their flow from snowmelt. The Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic Ocean largely shield New York City and Philadelphia from picking up any lake-effect snow; snow there tends to come from mesocyclonic storm systems mixing with cold temperatures.

Snow densities are typically lightest near the lakes but snow depths are greatest in the lake-effect zones. Upwind locations receive slightly less intense snowstorms than downwind, but the lakes' influence is seen on all sides.

Lake-effect snow

When the lakes are not frozen over and their waters are warmer than the air above them convective updrafts can occur. In environments where the shear is less than 30 degrees, strong, well organized bands can be expected. If the wind blows almost the entire length of either Cayuga Lake or Seneca LakeIthaca or Watkins Glen respectively can have a small lake effect snow storm.

Even small cities are warmer than their surrounding areas. No trends were found in this study for the remaining lakes. For example, the range of variability across Lower Michigan in the 5-year snowstorm is greater than what is observed for the year snowstorm.

There is better agreement amongst the models for projecions of wintertime precipitation compared to summertime precipitation. Pocket of warmer water in the eastern basin of Lake Erie cold air aloft fueling historic Buffalo snow JimCantore pic.

Weather station data were used to identify where heavy snowstorms occurred in the United States between The air receives additional heat and ice-forming nuclei from the particulate matter in smoke and exhaust.

Observations from two year periods with 10 years of overlap show how lake-effect precipitation, particularly that associated with Lakes Michigan and Superior, is increasing in both magnitude and spatial coverage. Snow streaming off the lakes is a common occurrence during the late autumn and early winter as cold wintry air from the North begins to filter into the United States over the still relatively warm Great Lakes.

Major snow-prone areas include the Arctic and Antarcticthe Northern Hemisphere, and alpine regions. Courtesy of Burnett, et al. Another signal of change is the earlier timing of spring snow melt.

Lake-effect snow

Increases in temperature may cause areas downwind of the Great Lakes to experience increased lake effect snow, but only if temperatures on land are cold enough to allow snow rather than rain.

The paradox of lake effect snow:Lake-effect zones are located directly downwind of the lakes and in a fairly narrow band following the lakeshore. Each lake has its own lake-effect zone and they do not receive equal amounts of snowfall. Several factors are responsible for determining the amount of lake-effect snow at a given location.

Snow (including snow storms, snow cover, snow depth, and snow density) is a complicated variable in the Great Lakes region due to the influence of the lakes on local climate.

Snow in the Great Lakes: Past and Future

Great Lakes snow can be partitioned into two main categories - lake-effect snow and non-lake-effect snow. Lake-Effect Snowfall (formation) develops after extratropical cyclone (Alberta Clipper) passed over region and its cold front is well east of Great Lakes cold air.

Sincein fact, there have been signs of an increase in lake-effect snowfall along and near the southern and eastern shores of the Great Lakes, according to the United States Global Change.

Lake-Effect Snowfall (formation) develops after extratropical cyclone (Alberta Clipper) passed over region and its cold front is well east of Great Lakes cold air (cP).

This study examines records of snowfall from several lake-effect and non-lake-effect sites throughout most of the twentieth century in order to 1) determine whether differences in snowfall trends exist between these settings and 2) offer possible linkages between lake-effect snow trends and records of air temperature, water temperature, and ice.

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