Lake-Effect Snow Storm Coats Car in Ice
A band of lake-effect snow has already dropped nearly a foot of the white stuff -- but for one unlucky soul, Mother Nature's wrath is especially chilling. →
Once again, the Great Lakes region finds itself in Mother Nature's crosshairs, as severe winter weather has dropped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of New York.
For one unlucky soul, however, Mother Nature's wrath is especially chilling.
WKBW reporter Matthew Bove took to Twitter this morning to share a remarkable photo of a car in Buffalo, New York completely encased in a thick layer of ice (above).
The vehicle was apparently parked in the path of water blowing off of Lake Erie, which froze quickly as temperatures dipped below freezing during the overnight and early morning hours.
Unfortunately, the car's owner will likely have to wait a few days before he can retrieve his ice-mobile, as another band of lake-effect snow is expected to pummel the region before the end of the week.
The lake-effect snow phenomenon, which occurs when a cold front sponges up moisture as it passes over a large, warm body of water, is known to produce dramatic amounts of snowfall.
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"Snowfall rates may exceed 5 inches an hour and be accompanied by lightning and thunder," NOAA explains. " A band of snow can hover over one location for several hours, dropping several feet of snow."
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The winners are in from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Weather in Focus" photo contest, picked from more than 2,000 entries taken between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. "From rainbows and sunsets to lightning and tornadoes, the winning photos aren’t just captivating to look at, but inspire us to look at the world in different ways," said Douglas Hilderbrand, NOAA's contest judge and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Lead. "It was difficult to pick winners from so many good entries." In first place, from the category "Science in Action," is "Green Bank Telescope in WV" by Mike Zorger, Falls Church, Va.
All 16 winning images will be displayed in a
exhibit located on the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Md., starting in July. Second place in "Science in Action" went to "Photographer captures the aurora" by Christopher Morse, Fairbanks, Alaska.
In third place: "Atmospheric Research Observatory" by Joseph Phillips, Boulder, Colo.
And honorable mention also went to Joseph Phillips, Boulder, Colo. for "Atmospheric Research Observatory."
In the category "Weather, Water & Climate," first place went to "Snow Express" by Conrad Stenftenagel, Saint Anthony, Ind.
In second place was "Proton arc over Lake Superior" by Ken William, Clio, Mich.
"With a Bang" by Bob Larson, Prescott, Ariz., won third place in the "Weather, Water & Climate" category.
Honorable mention went to Alana Peterson, Maple Lake, Minn. for "Raindrops on a Leaf."
A second honorable mention was won for "Fire in the Sky over Glacier National Park" by Sashikanth Chintla, North Brunswick, N.J.
In the category "In the Moment," first place went to "Smoky Mountains" by Elijah Burris, Canton, N.C.
Second place went to "Spring Captured: Freezing rain attempts to halt spring" by Mike Shelby, Elkridge, Md.
And third place went to "Rolling clouds in Lake Tahoe" by Christopher LeBoa, San Leandro, Calif.
Of course the professionals had their own category. First place was won by Brad Goddard, Orion, Ill., for "Stars behind the storm."
Brad Goddard pretty much cleaned up this category, winning second (and third) place with "A tornado churns up dust in sunset light near Traer, IA."
Third place went for "A tornado crosses the path, Reinbeck, IA" by Brad Goddard.
“Fog rolls in from the ocean on a hot summer day, Belbar, N.J.” by Robert Raia, Toms River, N.J., won honorable mention in the pro category.