lake effect

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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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For those who live in snow belts there’s a second method to produce snow, the lake effect. Geoff Fox, Slate Magazine, "Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?," 3 Jan. 2018 Likely a lake effect clouds and power plant snow, per Steve Horstmeyer, a meteorologist with Fox19. Cheryl Vari, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: What caused the surprise, school-closing snow in NKY?," 1 Feb. 2018 Our Great Lakes also gift us with that famous (infamous?) lake effect snow — regular white stuff in northern Wisconsin for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more snowy activities. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Our Great Lakes also gift us with that famous (infamous?) lake effect snow — regular white stuff in northern Wisconsin for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more snowy activities. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Our Great Lakes also gift us with that famous (infamous?) lake effect snow — regular white stuff in northern Wisconsin for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more snowy activities. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Because of its location next to the Sea of Japan, winds from the west create lake effect-like storms, picking up moisture from the sea and dumping it onto Tateyama in the form of snow. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "This towering ‘snow canyon’ is carved into one of the snowiest places on Earth," 18 Apr. 2018 Our Great Lakes also gift us with that famous (infamous?) lake effect snow — regular white stuff in northern Wisconsin for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more snowy activities. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Our Great Lakes also gift us with that famous (infamous?) lake effect snow — regular white stuff in northern Wisconsin for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more snowy activities. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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