People that live near the Great Lakes hear the phrases "lake effect snow" and "lake enhancement snow" many times each winter. Pretty much anyone that lives in this area knows that both mean lots of snow near the lake. What causes this, though? What is the difference between "lake effect" and "lake enhancement"? This video (above) explains both.

The crazy thing about the lake effect phenomenon is that certain areas near the Great Lakes (like the snow belt in Northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula) can get significant snowstorms out of the blue, sometimes even totally surprising people that watch the day-to-day forecast.

Now, the next time you hear about lake effect snow or lake enhancement, you'll know exactly why it's happening!