Researchers on a $4 million snow study will analyze data collected in the Tug Hill region of northern New York to improve the way lake-effect storms are predicted.
About 100 researchers from Alabama to Wyoming launched the Tug Hill field work in early December. They packed up their equipment this week.
Josh Wurman of the Severe Weather Research Center in Colorado says it turned out to be an ideal year for the study, with 24 lake-effect events in six weeks. That's double what they expected.
Some areas of the Tug Hill have had more than 15 feet of snow so far this year.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.