Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds and Recurrent Snows

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Publishers Weekly
Syracuse University professor Monmonier renders isolated weather incidents unexpectedly engrossing. Lake-effect storms occur when freezing northern winds howl across the warmer waters of sufficiently large and deep lakes, picking up evaporation and depositing it in the form of sudden and startlingly large snow storms on the leeward side. While early chapters on recognizing and predicting these storms require slogging through dates and charts, Monmonier makes up for it with tales of epic snowfalls in tiny towns like Bennett’s Ridge, Barnes Corners, and Lowville where residents debate school closures, and street clearing while keeping a close eye on their national snow-fall records, and competing for the coveted Golden Snowball Award. Culminating in an engaging guided tour with the author and his wife, Marge, through snow-choked villages in the Tug Hill area of New York (Lewis County), the book overcomes all Weather Channel wonkery as a charmingly executed slice of Americana. 14 b/w illus, 59 maps, 9 graphs. (Sept.)
A useful resource for library collections supporting meteorology and geography programs, and for collections in Great Lakes regions. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers. — L. S. Zipp, formerly, State University of New York College at Geneseo
USA Today
For fans of snow, meteorology, cartography, history, weather records, maps and geography, Monmonier's book is a treasure trove of engrossing and entertaining stories about some of the snowiest inhabited areas in the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815610045
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 625,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Monmonier

Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Recipe 1

2 Discovery 19

3 Prediction 59

4 Impacts 91

5 Records 117

6 Change 142

7 Place 163

Notes 187

Illustration Credits 223

Index 233

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