Wikipedia:Picture of the day/April 10, 2005

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Picture of the day

Lake-effect snow

The lake effect is particularly clear in this SeaWiFS true-color image of the North American Great Lakes region. Lakes Nipigon, Superior, and Michigan show striking contrasts between clear and cloudy air as the wind blows from the northwest across the lakes. Lake effect snow is produced in the winter when cold winds move across long expanses of warmer lake water, picking up water vapor which freezes and is deposited on the lee shores.

Photo credit: SeaWiFS, NASA

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