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A Mine Helped Make Snow in Upper Michigan


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticlePhilippine Ferry Sinks in Rough Seas, Killing at Least 4NewsA Mine Helped Make Snow in Upper MichiganBy Chris Dolce5 days agoweather.com01:09Mine-Effect Snow in MichiganMeteorologist Ari Sarsalari explains how a part of the UP of Michigan saw some mine-effect snow.At a GlanceSteam from a mine in Michigan helped produce snow on Wednesday.Radar and photos confirmed this rare mine-effect snowfall.Other industrial sources have helped generate similar localized snowfall events in the U.S. A small blip on Doppler radar revealed an odd sight in Upper Michigan Wednesday evening that turned out to be a mine producing localized snowfall. You read that right – there was mine-effect snow in a part of the U.Smore accustomed to seeing feet of lake-effect snow from Lake Superior in winter. The National Weather Service in Marquette, Michigan, confirmed the rare occurrence with a photo showing a plume of steam rising from the mine into the cloud layer just above the Earth's surfaceAccording to the NWS, the plume was emitted from the Tilden Mine – a source of iron ore – just south of Negaunee and Ishpeming. (MORE: Butterfly Migration on Radar) Warm, moist air from the steam rising into the colder air in the clouds allowed the snow crystals to formWinds then pushed the snowfall into a narrow and localized area, which was documented by an NWS employee who took a picture from the ground. The NWS noted the snowfall was safe, even though it had origins from the mine, since it was just water vapor. This so-called mine-effect snow formed through a similar process as lake-effect snow, where a warm moisture source risesThe rising air then cools and condenses into clouds that can generate snowflakes under the right conditions. 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