Crystal Wicker

Welcome to Weather Wiz Kids®. I'm meteorologist Crystal Wicker. I designed this website especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children.
Meteorology - The science that deals with the phenomena of the atmosphere, especially weather and weather conditions.
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Buffalo, New York, is already having a rough winter, and it's not even December yet. The area got more than 7 feet of snow last week as a result of a lake-effect storm. Lake-effect snow forms as the cold air flows over the warm lake water, the relatively warm water heats the air's bottom layer as lake moisture evaporates into the cold air. Since warm air is lighter or less dense than cold air, the heated air rises and begins to cool. As the air cools, the moisture that evaporated into it condenses and forms clouds and snow begins falling from the cloud if the air is humid enough. Lake-effect snow can cause heavy snow to pile up over long periods of time. This was the set-up for Buffalo last week. The roofs on more than 30 homes have caved in under the weight of snow. Now, Buffalo is preparing for all of that white stuff to melt, which could result in widespread flooding once temperatures climb 20 degrees. The water in the snow amounts to about 6 inches of rain over two days. Officials were especially concerned because fall leaves could clog the drains.
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