This Is What Michigan’s Lake-Effect Snow Looks Like from Space
Is it a snowpocalypse? The Great Lakes look magnificent as seen from orbit during this Winter storm.
In West and Southwest Michigan, we know all too well what "lake effect" snow looks like on our streets and in our driveways. Take a look a this incredible satellite photo showing a storm from outer space
Lake-effect snow forms when cold air passes over the warmer waters of a lake. This causes some lake water to evaporate into the air and warm it. This warmer, wetter air rises and cools as it moves away from the lake. When it cools, it releases that moisture and, if it’s cold enough, that moisture turns into snow.
The apocalyptic image of the Great Lakes was taken on January 5, 2017 from the Suomi satellite; a resource of National Weather Service and NASA.