lake effect


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 This has a huge impact on lake effect snow as well. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 22 Mar. 2021 Lake effect snow will be possible Saturday and into Sunday for parts of upstate New York, where 1 to 2 inches of snow will likely accumulate in areas prone to lake effect snow. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 6 Mar. 2021 On Christmas, as much as 1 to 3 inches of lake effect snow is expected to fall, says NWS meteorologist Brian Mitchell. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2020 There is some concern that lake effect snow could bring over 6 inches of snow to parts of upstate New York through Tuesday. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 20 Feb. 2021 While most areas will see an inch or less, lake effect snow could drop several inches on some places. Mike Rose, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, lake effect snow will pile up over cities downwind of Lake Erie, Ontario and Superior with significant accumulations for parts of New York and Michigan. Janice Dean, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2021 Some lake effect snow will be possible in portions of the Great Lakes. Star Tribune, 9 Jan. 2021 Heavy snow is also expected as lake effect snow becomes heavy in areas like Buffalo, New York. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lake effect

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Lake effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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