Nov 21, 2014

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

Buffalo, NY
USA
by
Andrea Thompson
,
Discovery News
Photo: John Normile, Getty Images
Photo: John Normile, Getty Images

Buffalonians are no strangers to large amounts of snow that the lake effect (so called because the lake provides the moisture that fuels the snow) can bring, but even this was a little much for them...“This is definitely one of the strongest lake bands that we’ve experienced,” Judy Levan, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, said. “It’s definitely in the top five.” And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are also warming the Great Lakes and keeping them ice-free longer during the cold season.