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The OWLeS project for this region was completed January 29th, 2014. 



       (Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems)



About OWLeS

     Scientists and students from across the country will converge along the shores of Lake Ontario during December 2013 and January 2014 to understand better the atmospheric conditions and controlling mechanisms responsible for extreme snow conditions across the region each winter.  The project is called OWLeS (Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems), and will utilize a network of specialized weather instruments, including an instrumented research aircraft, three Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radars, several weather balloon sounding systems, a vertically pointing radar wind profiler, and other instrumentation to study the interior working of lake-effect snow storms in unprecedented detail. 

Please also visit for more information on the project.

OWLeS Community Day


OWLeS is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a collaboration effort among nine Universities and one non-profit organization.  Participants will come from across the country from: University of Wyoming (UW), University of Illinois, Univeristy of Utah, SUNY Oswego, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Millersville University, Penn State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, SUNY Albany, and the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR)

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