This post will probably prove to be most amusing to our friends in Southern parts, the United States and anywhere else that has an environment that will not permit the kind of weather that is occurring here today.
First, I need to start off by defining a word.
1. a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet.
2. sudden disturbance or commotion.
That concludes our word lesson, now on to science and environmental studies...
The phenomena created in the surrounding area by weather passing over a large lake, esp. any of the Great Lakes of the U.S. or Canada.
Now I will use both the word and the environmental studies term in a sentence to give them context:
"A lake effect snow squall is currently pummelling our city."
Here in London, Ontario for the past 24 hours, and potentially the next 36 hours, we have been slammed with a snow squall that is fuelled by Lake Huron to our West. Yesterday (Sunday), saw 30 cm of snow and today we are promised another 30-40 cm which may not even be the end of it. That is a total of 70 cm. To translate to inches that would total 28, but I'll stick with 70 because that sounds more impressive.
That said, you should know that us employees are not faint of heart and made it into the office today while many other offices in our city are closed. We do whatever we have to do to keep our clients up-and-running. We hope you're enjoying your weather wherever you are today.