The Role of the Winter Land Breeze in the Formation of Great Lake Snow Storms

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  • 1 Dept. of Geophysical Science, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill. 60637
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Radar and aircraft data are presented, in the form of case studies, for three shoreline-parallel snow bands that occurred over Lake Michigan. In all three cases a winter land breeze from one or both shores is shown to have an important role in organizing the low-level convergence and convective motions. These cases are compared with earlier studies of lake-effect snow bands on Lakes Erie and Ontario.

1Present affiliation: Dept. of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

Radar and aircraft data are presented, in the form of case studies, for three shoreline-parallel snow bands that occurred over Lake Michigan. In all three cases a winter land breeze from one or both shores is shown to have an important role in organizing the low-level convergence and convective motions. These cases are compared with earlier studies of lake-effect snow bands on Lakes Erie and Ontario.

1Present affiliation: Dept. of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

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