The atmosphere is complex—and fascinating, which is why scientists have studied it for more than a century. Our setting on Lake Superior highlights this complexity, making it even more interesting. Severe storms can move toward the area, only to lose energy as they get close. Small changes in wind direction can create several feet of snowfall here, while thirty miles away it’s blue skies and fifteen degrees warmer.
Understanding the interactions between our location and the atmosphere will improve weather forecasts and simulated scenarios of climate change.