Lake-Effect Storm Prediction & Research Center (LESPaRC)


Our facilities in the Shineman Science Center includes a computer lab with numerical forecast model data software, and four observational decks. The faculty have received a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the NSF to obtain about $160,000 of state-of-the-art meteorological equipment to measure the surface and upper-air properties of the Lake Ontario atmosphere. We have a continuous field research projects with this and other equipment, the data gathered aids in forecasting lake-effect storm initiation, placement, and intensity.

A 10 meter tower is located 30 meters from the Lake Ontario shoreline on the campus and measures temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, visibility, precipitation type and amount.