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Lake-Effect Snow 1

Dan Bikos and John Weaver

Other Contributors: Greg Byrd, Tom Niziol, Ed Mahoney, Dick Wagenmaker, Julie Adolphson, Jim Ladue, Jeff Waldstreicher, John Quinlan

Introduction

The material in this session is designed to increase your theoretical understanding of lake-effect snow as well as improve lake-effect snow forecasting skills. The unique characteristics of the eastern and western Great Lakes will be examined with case studies for both regions.

Prerequisites

This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.

An understanding of the basics of lake-effect snow is assumed. See references section below (especially by Fenelon and Byrd) to go into more detail of basic concepts. More experienced forecasters of lake-effect snow will find this to be a basic course while inexperienced forecasters of lake-effect snow may find this to be intermediate.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (32 MB) from the following link: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/lake-effect_snow_1/lake-effect_snow_1_audio.exe

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

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