Book reviews: The Cloud Collector's Handbook, by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
By: David Buttery
The Cloud Collector's Handbook, which follows on from the earlier, more text-heavy and less colourful, The Cloudspotter's Guide, is exactly what it says it is. It's a very nicely designed small hardback book which is somewhat reminiscent of (if a little larger than) the old...
By: Cameron Scott
Every part of the Great White North gets cold enough to have snow every winter. Even the warmest Canadian cities still get between forty and sixty centimetres of snow each year. That's just a normal part of being Canadian. Fortunately, we don't have snow and...
Worst blizzards in US history
By: Maggie O'Cala
The term blizzard refers to a winter storm that brings unusually high amounts of snow, extremely strong winds and unbearable cold weather. Blizzards have been responsible for thousands of deaths and possibly billions of dollars worth of property damage. Among some of the worst ever...
How does snow form?
By: R. Renee Bembry
Snow usually begins its life as crystals resembling hexagonal prisms, and thus, the hexagonal prism acts as the basic snowflake shape. As snowflakes develop, however, their shapes become more elegant and more flamboyant. This flamboyancy occurs as the prism and their sister basal surfaces slowly...
By: Pamela Kay
Being snowed in for several days can lead to raw nerves, especially if you lead an active life. However, you can use these days to your benefit if you keep a positive attitude. Try these ten ways to beat cabin fever when you are snowed...
How does hail form?
By: R. Renee Bembry
Hail forms when ice droplets, snowflake clusters, or floating debris enter thunderclouds and act as ice nuclei. Ice droplets form nuclei when collections of ice droplets group together. Snowflakes form nuclei when several snowflakes clump together. Debris forms nuclei when wind blows tiny bits of...
A guide to the different types of snowflakes
By: Maggie O'Cala
Did you know that there are different types of snowflakes? Simple prisms are hexagonal and the most basic structured of all snowflakes. These can appear as flat and plate-like, slender columns or a variety of shapes in between the two. Simple hexagonal prisms are incredibly...
A guide to the different types of snowflakes
By: Patricia Dickson
You’re playing in the snow twirling around while watching the flakes fall as you catch them on your tongue. Building snowmen and making snow angels is a lot of fun in the winter but have you ever stopped to wonder just how many different...
Ways to beat cabin fever when you are snowed in
By: Priscilla Benfield
Cabin fever doesn't have to happen if you are prepared for being snowed in. You know what the winters are like in your area and you should always anticipate the likelihood of not being able to get out should a snowstorm hit. Preparing to be...
How to use the International Commission on Snow and Ice's classification system for solid precipitation
By: Philo Gabriel
In 1951, the body of scientists called the “International Commission on Snow and Ice” produced a system of classification for solid precipitation, which quickly became the standard system used in the field (though there have been other classification systems before and after that also...

 

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