Clearing the snow is good for you
Posted on: November 27, 2014
Until last week the American city of Buffalo, in New York state, was known to many around the world as the home of Bruce Nolan - the down on his luck TV reporter portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 2003 film ‘Bruce Almighty’. That was until Mother Nature thrust it into the global spotlight by burying large areas of the city under as much as 8ft of snow, with flurries enhanced by a phenomenon known as the ‘lake effect’.
Lake effect snow is commonly the result of cold winds moving across large expanses of warm open water, such as lakes. As it does the water vapour freezes and is deposited on shores downwind in the form of snow. In the case of Buffalo, record low temperatures in the lower atmosphere on Tuesday combined with warmer than average water in Lake Erie to create a highly unstable atmosphere in which thundersnow flourished and levels of snowfall increased significantly.
As residents of Buffalo attempted to deal with the deluge of snow on their homes and businesses it was reported by the BBC that two people sadly died from heart attacks whiRead full article