Getting at the Heart of Lake Effect Snow Storms

Associate Professor of Meteorology Scott Steiger ’99 and a team of collaborators, supported by National Science Foundation grants, fly into the heart of lake effect snowstorms to study their structure and improve forecasting.

Last spring, SUNY Oswego received a $320,000 National Science Foundation grant to fly and drive into the heart of lake effect snowstorms to study their structure and improve forecasting. Field work began in December. “We are getting awesome data from this storm!” said Associate Professor of Meteorology Scott Steiger ’99 after a mid-December snow storm

Lake-effect fame spreads abroad

Scott Steiger

Winter break’s heavy snows and a radar-lugging vehicle known as a Doppler-on-Wheels have enabled Professor Scott Steiger ’99 and several meteorology students to witness never-before-seen phenomena — like a line of seven tornado-like waterspouts in one lake-effect storm — and to collect unique data.