Blame It on the Lake

There’s a reason why we have snow on the ground when most of Wisconsin still doesn’t–we’re far enough north to catch lake effect snow from Lake Superior. Most of the Great Lakes are too big and deep to completely freeze over in the winter (Lake Erie is the only exception). As a mass of cold air moves across the surface of the lake, it picks up moisture, which it then dumps as snow when it reaches land. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of the snowiest parts of the country, and as a lot of you know, I live right on the Wisconsin/UP border.

The Great Lakes snowbelts. In French, but you get the idea.

I’m not complaining. Nothing quite compares with the quiet of woods in snow.

5 thoughts on “Blame It on the Lake”

  1. That is a beautiful snow picture. It’s funny because we’re always hearing about the ocean effect on Cape Cod, but I used to live in Michigan so I’m familiar with that lake effect too! Hope you enjoy those snowy woods.

  2. We don’t get lake effect snow in Ottawa, but I do love going out in the morning after a fresh snowfall and looking for tracks! Snow reveals all kinds of activity which I otherwise wouldn’t have realized existed.

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