What is an Alberta Clipper?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - It sounds like something that would take you on a tour of Puget Sound,

but it's a name for a common weather system that makes frequent visits to

the upper Midwest and Great Lakes area.

The term comes from an area of low pressure that forms in the eastern

Canadian Rocky Plains in Alberta. The storm them moves quickly southeast

across the U.S. northern plains and into the Great Lakes region.

Since it stays far enough north of the Gulf of Mexico moisture stream and

moves rather quickly, it doesn't drop a whole lot of snow on the area --

usually just a few inches.

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