By: Cameron Scott
Like all precipitation, snow forms high in the atmosphere. The temperature there is below the freezing point of water, but until a water molecule is jostled, it will stay in a liquid state. Only supercooled water can freeze quickly enough to form a delicate, six-sided...
By: Cameron Scott
Snowflakes are an amazing thing. You can stare at these light, delicate crystals for hours, marvelling at their delicate beauty. No machine-produced snow even comes close. Every snowflake has six sides, but there's many ways for six points to come together. Some snowflakes are blunt...
The snowiest cities in the world
By: Cameron Scott
It's a common assumption that the city of Buffalo, in the United States, has got to be one of the snowiest cities in the world. However, with only 232 centimetres annually, it doesn't even make most lists. We're also talking about the snowiest cities, not...
How does hail form?
By: Carol Smock
The same clouds that spawn thunderstorms and tornadoes also can produce hail. They are cumulonimbus clouds, the classic anvil-shaped forms that can reach from 30,000 feet altitude to 60,000 feet. That is very cold territory. They also house strong updrafts of air. And...
A look at the acoustic properties of snow
By: Carol Smock
Stand in a field when new snow has covered the hillsides and you feel it, a sort of hush that comes over the landscape. It isn’t just imagination or the appreciation of a beautiful sight. Newly fallen snow absorbs sounds due to the trapped...
Why do thunder and lightning so often go together?
By: Matt Bird
Lightning and thunder. Two peas in a pod, always traveling together to create misery and annoyance for the lot of us (not to mention a certain amount of awe - it's tough not to feel overwhelmed during a lightning storm). But why do these two...
The theory of lightning and thunder
By: Matt Bird
To say that there's a 'theory' behind lightning and thunder is a bit of a fallacy these days because science has, at the very least, more or less figured out thunder. Lightning is still a bit of a mystery, or at least the process by...
Understanding the elements of lightning and thunder
By: Matt Bird
Lightning and thunder storms are a wonder of nature to some and an absolute terror to others. Though a fascinating phenomenon, lightning storms are probably what you'd imagine a clash between the gods would sound like, the rumbling of massive immortals battling in the heavens...
The safest place to be during a lightning storm
By: Matt Bird
Lightning storms are rather frightening experiences for just about anyone. The sights and the sounds, the lightning and the thunder, are enough to make a lightning storm less-than-pleasurable for most - and the prospect of being struck by lightning during that storm can make being...
How lightning is formed
By: Matt Bird
Lightning is one of the great mysteries of nature that man fears most. What, after all, could possibly be scarier than a massive, sudden bolt of electricity from the sky that can kill a human being in a split second? At least with other natural...

 

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