On the North Coast one hears the term "lake effect" related to the weather year round.
But, in winter lake effect is demonstrable because of the snow fall.
It has snowed every day for the past twenty days breaking previous records for the most consecutive days with measurable snowfall.
I am amused when I hear 'lake effect' used in discussing North Coast weather; I imagine it also being used to discuss my mood, traffic, the economy or why there's nothing good on TV these days.
Granted, there may be some kind of meteorological influence on air masses passing over huge bodies of water with different temperature, but that's all too technical to appreciate.
I much prefer the mystical, cosmic, transcendental, booga-booga 'lake effect.'
"I wonder why the bread didn't rise nicely like it usually does?" Lake Effect.