Sunday, December 2, 2007

Meteorology

So, it snowed. I never saw more than about an inch, and it's mostly gone by now. Apparently two miles away people were getting five inches. How does a two-mile difference bring 400% more snow? Surely lake proximity cannot explain that all.

These are the mysteries I have to live with, because it's three o'clock and I'm going to sleep.

4 comments:

Louise said...

I think out here it the difference between proximity to the lakes, weather patterns, and elevation which effect how much snow people see.

Though, coming from Michigan and going to college on the western side of the state, I've seen first hand how lakes can increase the amount of snowfall an area gets.

Travis said...

Yeah, I've heard of "lake effect snow," but I'm closer to the lake than most, and it didn't affect anything. I'd guess it's the elevation.

Louise said...

Silly Travis. Lake effect snow usually happens on the eastern side of the lake. You are on the western side of Lake Sammamish. The snow/clouds gather moister as they travel over the lake. Plus, I think the size of the body of water effects this. I highly doubt Lake Washington or Lake Sammamish are big enough to have much effect.

Travis said...

Yeah, that's kind of my point. I don't see how I'm different enough from a mile or two away to justify such a large difference in snow.