Lake-to-Lake Cloud Bands: Frequencies and Locations

Rodriguez, Yarice; Kristovich, David A. R.; Hjelmfelt, Mark R.
December 2007
Monthly Weather Review;Dec2007, Vol. 135 Issue 12, p4202
Academic Journal
Premodification of the atmosphere by upwind lakes is known to influence lake-effect snowstorm intensity and locations over downwind lakes. This study highlights perhaps the most visible manifestation of the link between convection over two or more of the Great Lakes lake-to-lake (L2L) cloud bands. Emphasis is placed on L2L cloud bands observed in high-resolution satellite imagery on 2 December 2003. These L2L cloud bands developed over Lake Superior and were modified as they passed over Lakes Michigan and Erie and intervening land areas. This event is put into a longer-term context through documentation of the frequency with which lake-effect and, particularly, L2L cloud bands occurred over a 5-yr time period over different areas of the Great Lakes region.


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