lake effect

noun

Definition of 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 The arctic air mass sparked very intense lake effect snow squalls reducing visibility to less than a quarter of a mile with gusty winds and whiteout conditions. Aliyah Thomas, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2022 But in a county that sees 10–12-inch storms and lake effect squalls fairly regularly in a snow season, the shutdown left critics questioning the state of their public transit. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 28 Jan. 2022 The lake effect snow is expected to diminish this afternoon, but another burst of snow in the evening could result in about one to two inches. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 The system is expected to begin Wednesday night with lake effect snowfall. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2022 The brutally cold air and intense winds will lead to heavy lake effect snow downwind of Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. Haley Brink And Holly Yan, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 At the same time, heavy lake effect snow accompanied by strong winds will hit the Great Lakes region. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 The current lake effect snow showers will continue through most of the day Thursday, but won't amount to much, said Andy Boxell, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sullivan. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2022 Approximately one inch of snow fell on Waukegan Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as the city prepared for a second round of one to three inches of lake effect snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lake effect

1951, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

19 Jul 2022

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“Lake effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lake%20effect. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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