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UAH research team to study lake-effect snow

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The team will travel with a host of equipment, including this radar, to study lake-effect snow. The team will travel with a host of equipment, including this radar, to study lake-effect snow.
A closer look at the team's equipment. (Source: Ryan W.) A closer look at the team's equipment. (Source: Ryan W.)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A team of UAH scientists and students will head up to New York Thursday to study snow off of Lake Ontario.

The students will use several pieces of equipment including radar to study lake-effect snow. The radar will point straight up and look into the heavy snow bands.

Even though we don't see much snow in the Tennessee Valley, the results of the study could help us better understand weather here.

"There are certainly some instances in which you have these long-fetch snow bands that can actually form off of, say, Lake Michigan, and make their way all the way into the Tennessee Valley," said Ryan Wade. Wade is a PhD candidate at the UAH Severe Weather Institute Radar & Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL).

Half a dozen universities from across the country will participate in the study, which will last two months.

You can follow the team's progress through Facebook or Twitter.

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