lake effect


: a meteorological phenomenon in which warm moist air rising from a body of water mixes with cold dry air overhead resulting in precipitation especially downwind
usually hyphenated when used attributively
lake-effect snows

Examples of lake effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday as the storm pulls away and off the Atlantic coast, lake effect snow can be expected Saturday night into Sunday for the Great Lakes and interior Northeast. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 For the romantic, Niagara Falls also benefits from the lake effect, though only to a modest extent. Jay Anderson, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 The culprit is known as the lake effect, a phenomenon more typically associated with the Great Lakes. Matt Simon, WIRED, 4 Mar. 2024 Northern Michigan continues to see lake effect snow Saturday evening, with additional snowfall between 4-8 inches in northwest lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula, according to the NWS. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2024 As the weekend continues, lake effect snow will affect western New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, where totals are expected to range from 2-6 inches. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 17 Feb. 2024 After the area was slammed with lake effect snow during the weekend of the Bills-Steelers game, another wave coated Orchard Park with heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions Wednesday night into Thursday. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 West Michigan typically sees greater snowfall totals than the metro Detroit area, mostly from lake effect snow caused by Lake Michigan. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2024 The National Weather Service has issued lake effect snow warnings for most of the eastern shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Daniel Amarante, ABC News, 26 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lake effect was in 1951

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“Lake effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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