The lake-effect snow that covers central New York state every winter may be viewed as a nuisance by residents and motorists, but Syracuse University geographer Mark Monmonier explains that the snowfall has a positive side. The snow is an asset to the region and creates unique opportunities for recreation and tourism, he writes. "Lake snow is a boon to our region. It enhances the change of seasons, and thanks to snowmobiles and ski touring, it generates jobs and tax revenue for rural communities on Tug Hill," he writes in this blog post.

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