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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Pressure Systems and Their Influence on Lake Effect Snow

Lake effect snow (LES) is well known throughout cities around the Great Lakes, however there are few forecasting techniques for lake effect snow. The researcher will explore whether pressure center tracks can be used as accurate predictors for heavy LES events in western NY. Heavy snowfall will be produced at a specific location based on the low level flow direction and lake fetch, both of which are controlled by the track of pressure systems. Based on observed pressure tracks from 113 LES events from 1998 - 2009, they will be compared to four hypothesized pressure tracks and will be determined as accurate predictors or non-accurate predictors of heavy LES events in Western New York.

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Presenter: Glenn McKeever (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Meteorology
Location: Seymour Union Main Lounge
Time: 1:15 pm Session III