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Lake Effect: [leyk ĭ-fěkt'] (noun): Meteorology. The phenomena created in the surrounding area by weather passing over a large lake, esp. any of the Great Lakes of the U.S.
Lake effect snow is produced in the winter when cold winds move across long expanses of warmer lake water, picking up water vapor which freezes and is deposited on the lee shores. This effect is enhanced when the moving air mass is uplifted by the orographic effect of higher elevations on the downwind shores. This uplifting can produce narrow, but very intense bands of precipitation, which deposit at a rate of many inches of snow per hour. ...