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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Inland Penetration of Lake Effect Snow Bands

During the late fall to early spring months, western and central New York experience locally intense periods where the majority of the snow is associated with localized snow bands. These bands form as relatively cold air is heated from below by warm lake waters. Of interest is the relationship between environmental conditions and the distance that the bands penetrate inland from the lake shore. In order to examine the relationship, Doppler radar data from historical lake effect snow events were downloaded from the National Climatic Data center. The radar echoes of the bands were used to determine the inland penetration of lake effect snow bands that originated from Lake Erie and moved inland over western New York. Environmental parameters calculated from the upper air and lake temperature data were used to examine the strength of the relationship between the distance of inland penetration.

Presenter: Chad Maniace (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Earth Science
Location: 306 Lennon
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)