lake effect

noun
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

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

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1951

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