SUNY Oswego to take an inside look at lake-effect snow bands

When most people think about weather in Central New York, the first thing that comes to mind is lake-effect snow. We'll soon get a glimpse into how the storms work from the inside out.

SUNY Oswego just received a National Science Foundation grant to study the nuances of lake-effect snow like never before.

SUNY Oswego Professor Scott Steiger spoke with Meteorologist Matt Stevens about the research.

"So this grant, and the research we're going to do with it, will help us better understand lake-effect snow storms. What's going on inside the bands, which can control where those bands setup," says Steiger.

If you've lived in CNY for any amount of time, you know lake-effect snow bands can move all over the place, in a matter of minutes. Stationary observation sites arenâ??t exceedingly helpful when it comes to a mobile lake-effect band. That's where the equipment that comes with this research comes in real handy.

"SUNY Oswego will be mostly involved with the Doppler on wheels radar trucks. We're going to have students involved with operating them, driving them," says Steiger. "Also, students are going be involved in collecting precipitation samples they'll be in like a grid around, or underneath a lake-effect snow band."

Steiger says they are especially excited about the aircraft. "We're really excited about because this will be the first time we've had aircraft to study lake-effect snow bands off Lake Ontario, and that's going to be heavily instrumented with all sorts of probes," says Steiger.

Probing the depths of the lake-effect snow bands from all angles, in hopes of better understanding how these systems, we've come to know and love, form and move.