Bas-Relief Great Lakes

Weather can often provide us with images of striking beauty.  Often, the most beautiful pictures come from the deadliest of storms.  Here, though, we have an image of the Great Lakes in the middle of a cold snap.  That is just gorgeous.  Notice how the lakes appear almost hollow.  The other cool thing is how the clouds look like streamers being blown by the wind.  That phenomenon is called “cloud streets”.  Follow the link for a great explanation of what is going on to make those clouds.

All those clouds are producing large amounts of lake effect snow.  How large?  Up to 38″ in some parts!  After the hottest year on record, the Great Lakes are unusually warm.  Cold air blowing over warm water is a recipe for even more broken records.  More broken records equals more extreme weather.  More extreme weather means more global warming.