Meteorology (Weather)/rain

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Ive noticed with a local lake that it always gets rain even when the surrounding  area doesnt. Why do lakes seem to be weather magnets?

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Hi Randy,

As wind blows over the lake, it can evaporate water into the atmosphere. As this water condenses, it creates clouds and possibly rain. Basically, the lake water starts the cloud formation; away from the lake, the moisture source is cut off so there's nothing to allow rain to form.

David

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David Moran

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I can answer questions about radar and large scale meteorology. If a question looks like homework, I won't answer it.

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I have been a forecaster for many years with a specialty in severe weather.

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Full Member, American Meteorological Society

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BS in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma BA in Mathematics, University of Oklahoma

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