Anyone who has ever lived in northeast Ohio has heard of the “lake effect.” It happens during early winter, before Lake Erie freezes over. Storms pass over the open, shallow waters of the lake, pick up warmth and moisture, and then dump greater amounts of snow on Cleveland and points east.
Every year northern Ohioans hope for word that Lake Erie has frozen over. Today the National Weather Service announced that Lake Erie is 90 percent frozen over, so the “lake effect” has ended for this year. Folks in Chardon, Ohio are happy to hear that news — they’ve already received 95 inches of snow this winter. That’s just shy of 8 feet of snow. Chardon probably has the most accomplished snow shovelers in the world.
With Lake Erie now frozen and the “lake effect” ended, attention can now be focused on the drunken idiots who drive their SUVs out onto the lake and fall through the ice.