Turkey Sea Effect Snow

Sea effect snow is responsible for dropping several feet of snow across portions of Turkey over the past couple of days. Sea effect snow is much like lake effect snow in that you must have a warm body of water, cold air aloft, and windy conditions to produce snow. In this case the Black Sea is the body of water responsible for the heavy snowfall. You can see in the picture below that a southwest wind is screaming across the surface of the Black Sea out of Turkey.

Surface Wind Stream Map - earth.nullschool.net
Surface Wind Stream Map – earth.nullschool.net


This sea effect snow setup has produced very high snow totals across the country of Turkey. Check out some of the pictures below.


This is all too reminiscent of the Buffalo Lake Effect Snow Event back in November in 2014. We’ll have to wait and see how much snow portions of Turkey ends up with.