A Look at the Lake's Effect

By KBJR News 1

November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 7:35 PM CDT

West Duluth (Northland's NewsCenter) - Driving up 40th Avenue West, it is almost an abrupt line between grass and snow just before Skyline Parkway.

With the roads all cleared, we get an interesting view of our hillside after the late Autumn storm.

With most of the clean up complete, it is easy to see who got snow and who didn't. Lake Superior kept Downtown Duluth to mostly rain, but above 9th street the snow piled up, making conditions difficult for some.

With snow totals around 11 inches at the airport and just a trace along the shore, Lake Superior showed her usual Fall influence on near shore areas.

During the storm temperatures hovered around 35 degrees near the lake to just below freezing 900 feet up the hill, giving us a visible lake effect line.

But to be honest this isn't an unusual event.

Meteorologist Dave Anderson tells us, "Down by the shore of the lake the warmer air will linger but then as you go up the hill, air cools as you go higher up in elevation so you have that process of warm enough for rain by the lake, cooling as you go up the hill eventually you hit the part where its cool enough to create a bit of snow."

And it is quite obvious halfway up the hill on 40th avenue where that line is.

And with forecasters calling for highs in the upper 20s by the end of the week, it looks like this snowfall might be here to stay.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson.

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