A guide to the different types of snowflakes
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Most of us have heard that no two snowflakes are alike. When one looks into the science of snowflakes we learn that are many different types of snowflakes. In 1951, the International Commission of Snow and Ice established a classification system to identify the seven...
By: Christopher Chatterton
Getting stuck in an avalanche is one of those terrifying scenarios we hope we never have to experience. Avalanches can happen to experienced skiers, climbers and novice hikers alike, so if you find yourself trapped by one, it’s an unfortunate case of "being in...
Ways to beat cabin fever when you are snowed in
By: Joseph Malek
If you happen to be a victim of a heavy snow event and end up being trapped within your home you can do many things to keep you from becoming bored. One of which is to remove the accumulated snow from your property, including your...
What to do if you get stuck in an avalanche
By: Ted Sherman
How to get help if you get stuck in an avalanche? The quick answer is: pray as you've never prayed before. However, there's more of a common sense solution. If you think you’re a good enough skier to do your shushing on a steep...
How does snow form?
By: Effie Moore Salem
Snow, in one way of thinking about it, and in a very unscientific observation at that, is a gentle form of rain. In a firmer form, it would either be sleet, or freezing rain. Sleet is the in between of snow and sleet. But then...
A look at the acoustic properties of snow
By: Philo Gabriel
When people think of snow, chances are they think about how it feels (cold and wet) or how it looks (the white expanse of a picturesque Christmas card), but they probably don't give much thought to its acoustic properties. How does snow sound, and how...
How does snow form?
By: Ninjah Kitten
Snowflakes come from many snow crystals (or ice crystals). Most are not even one-half inch across. Larger snowflakes that are close to two inches form under certain conditions. This usually requires near freezing temperatures, light winds and unstable atmospheric conditions. Snow is white because it...
By: Pamela Kay
As your house withstands the ravages of extreme cold, battering winds, sleet and ice it takes a toll that requires yearly maintenance and repairs. Protecting pipes, cleaning gutters, keeping the roof in good repair and preventing exterior deterioration are a few of the necessary steps...
Ghosts in the mountains: The eerie meteorological 'Brocken spectre' phenomenon
By: Terrence Aym
The sky holds many wonders. The old familiar ones like the stars and Milky Way and the moon, or puffy clouds that look like dragons and rainbows and sunbeams…well, most everyone are familiar with those sights.Rarer are such optical wonders of light and...
By: Christopher Chatterton
Hailstones start life as a small nucleus, such as a salt particle or other microscopic pollutant, around which frozen condensed water particles attach themselves. This fusion, which takes place in thunderclouds high in the atmosphere, steadily increases the size of these ice particles until they...

 

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