Our final chance to sample lake-effect snow for the season came down to literally the last few days before the radar was scheduled to leave. However, this event turned out to be one of our best calls of the season with our forecasting and timing. Jake, Lacey, and Brittany were part of the sounding team this night. We started our journey in Oswego,NY before going mobile and deploying to the north. Our first stop was in Mexico, NY where we launched our first weather balloon. We were on the southern side of the band at the time. Then we preceded even farther north to around Pulaski, NY and launched a second balloon in the core of the band. Afterwards we launched balloons numbers three and four before calling it a night or morning seeing that we arrived back on campus at 8:30A.M. Overall it was a very successful operation by the sounding team this particular night with copious amounts of very useful and interesting data!
The Transect team driving north on Rt. 481 entering Oswego on Feb 10th at 6:30am
Downtown Fulton at 6:00am
The probe on a runoff in the center of the snow band core near Texas, NY on Feb 10th at 4:00am. Here it was snowing at 4 inches per hour.
At 1:30am, the transect team left Oswego, NY and headed east, then north through the band. We began experiencing snow once we reached Scriba, NY and then it intensified quickly as we reached Route 3 near Texas, NY. In the center of the band, the snow was falling at a rate of about 4 inches per hour. We reached the northern side of the snow band around 3:00am and then went south to transect the snowstorm yet again. The snow was still falling at a rate of 4 inches per hour. We arrived back in Oswego as the sun came up around 6:45am. It was snowing heavily on the south side of town, and as we reached Route 104 in Downtown Oswego, the snow had completely stopped and clear sky was visible to the north. We collected over 5 hours of surface data from a very strong lake-effect storm.