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Discussion: My new favourite meteorological term

in: tnipen; tnipen > 2016-11-08

Nov 10, 2016 9:02 AM # 
"snökanon" (which I assume translates literally as "snow cannon") - the Swedish term for their equivalent of what the North Americans would call lake-effect snow (where cold air picks up moisture in its low levels as it passes over water and then dumps it on the first bit of topography it hits).

I understand that, in addition to the big dumps on the east coast of Sweden, there's been a bit of this on the west side of the Oslofjord?
Nov 10, 2016 12:45 PM # 
yeah, that is correct! It is the same word that is used for this things used for artifical snowmaking

Don't know if there is a english words for those, or if they are called snow cannons or snow guns?
Nov 10, 2016 2:01 PM # 
Mostly just the general snowmaking, but I think I've heard snow guns more. Unless it is really big.
Nov 10, 2016 8:14 PM # 
I´ve definitely experienced the phenomenon (like the 1.5M of snow we got "more or less overnight" in 1998) but actually never heard the term being used before...
Nov 10, 2016 9:25 PM # 
Cool term, haven't heard that one before! Yes, areas west of Oslo (such as Drammen) were hardest hit with upwards of 1m snow that weekend. Even Oslo has ok ski-conditions right now. Lots of fun data on Senorge.

This is what brought the snow:
Nov 11, 2016 5:45 PM # 
@blairtrewin are you going to Seattle in January? If so maybe I I'll see you there.
Nov 11, 2016 7:55 PM # 
No, won't be there, although some of my colleagues will.

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