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Press Release 13-191

Scientists brave Old Man Winter to dig out secrets of lake-effect snows

Researchers collect data along Lake Ontario in December and January blizzards

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The Doppler-on-Wheels on the road

During the OWLeS project, scientists will dash through the snow in the Doppler-on-Wheels.

Credit: CSWR


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The OWLeS logo

The OWLeS lake-effect snowstorm project takes place in December 2013 and January 2014.

Credit: OWLeS Project


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The University of Wyoming King Air airplane in the sky

The University of Wyoming King Air, funded by NSF, will also participate in OWLeS.

Credit: Vanda Grubisic, DRI


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Historic photo of  a house covered in ice and snow following a snowstorm in Oswego, N.Y.;

"Historic" snowstorms are the norm in Oswego, N.Y.; DOW and King Air will be there to catch them.

Credit: NOAA


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Screenshot of a rotating cell in a snowband making landfall from Lake Ontario over Fair Haven, N.Y.

A rotating cell in a snowband making landfall from Lake Ontario over Fair Haven, N.Y.

Credit: CSWR


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A stellar dendrite snow crystal

A stellar dendrite snow crystal. Dendritic means tree-like; these snowflakes have branches.

Credit: Kenneth Libbrecht, Caltech


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