The climatology will elucidate the most favorable land/lake conditions, positions, synoptic conditions, and times of year for MCS initiation near the Great Lakes. Using these results, case studies highlighting the most relevant factors for MCS generation will be discussed, including the land-surface/lake-surface temperature contrast, the depth of the over-lake cold pool, and the direction of low-level wind direction and wind shear. Preliminary results suggest that, upstream of the lake, sufficient forcing for ascent and MCS development may be attained in association with surface convergence between the end of the lake's cold dome and any pre-existing over-land cold pools. Downstream, isolated convection moving off the cool lake can have an apparent cold pool in place, which can lead to MCS (re)development more rapidly into the optimal or mature stages (as discussed in Rotunno et al. 1988).