Lake and snow

General Discussions: ASK John: Lake and snow

By sp123 on Monday, September 08, 2008 - 03:51 am: Edit Post

i no this probaly would never happend but lets says we get cold front come through here in the keweenaw and lake superior water temps are still 60-65 at the surface or lets says even 50-55 and we get strong cold front that drops temps from 60-70's into the 20's and we get wind off the lake what would happen how much lake effect do you think places could get


By admin on Monday, September 08, 2008 - 11:45 am: Edit Post

Many times the lake temps will be 50-55 in October and we will get a strong front through. Sometimes it brings snow and sometimes rain. All depends on how far inland the marine layer travels. Plus cold air over warm water is not the only thing needed to produce lake effect snow. So just having warm lake waters and air temps cold enough for snow does not mean lots (or even any) lake effect snow.

-John


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