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Lowry Jr., James D.
Lake Superior is a forcing factor for local weather systems, causing substantial amounts of lake effect snow in the winter (particularly on the south shore). This study assesses decreasing ice cover of Lake Superior and its effects upon synoptic weather factors. Data were collected from eleven National Weather Service (NWS) stations located on the south shore of the lake. Rainfall and snowfall amounts from December to May were regressed on percent ice coverage and average monthly temperatures from 1972-2002. Ice coverage and average monthly temperature had a negative relationship with snowfall and rainfall.
Maki, Angela Pelkie, "Effects of Air Temperature and Lake Ice on Snowfall on the South Shore of Lake Superior" (2009). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 941.