How does hail form?
By: Keith Redfern
Hail is one of the three main forms of precipitation, the others being rain and snow.Precipitation of all types is caused as part of the natural water cycle. Water vapor enters the atmosphere by means of evaporation, transpiration and perspiration. The sun causes evaporation...
How does snow form?
By: Keith Redfern
Snow is one of several forms of water based precipitation, the most common of which are rain, snow and hail.Some theories of precipitation are based on the fact that all rain begins as snow, but that the snow melts into rain before it reaches...
Scotland Beaver
By: Sammy Stein
When discussing the re-introduction of beavers to Scotland we must remember we are talking about the European beaver (Castor fibre) here, not the American variety. European beavers are larger, nocturnal and not genetically compatible to the American beaver so can be considered truly a different...
By: Philo Gabriel
There are three components to surviving an avalanche. The first is preparation. You need to know how to gauge the likelihood of an avalanche, take the proper precautions, and carry with you the proper equipment. The second is knowing what to do if you’re...
By: Richie Mogwai
The freezer in your refrigerator sure knows how to make snow. In fact, it is the best place to observe the process. This, however, will detract significantly from the mystery and the magic, which surround snow, as we know it. Snow is but a powder...
The snowiest cities in the world
By: Philo Gabriel
Determining the snowiest cities in the world is not as straightforward as it might seem. The first problem is deciding what is meant by “snowiest cities.” Probably the simplest interpretation would be the cities with the highest average annual snowfall, but that’s...
By: Philo Gabriel
When your region’s cold season is approaching, it’s time for the annual ritual of winterizing your home. There’s quite a lot you can do to prepare for winter, and it’s mostly do-it-yourself stuff. Most of the recommended tasks don’t cost...
Ways to beat cabin fever when you are snowed in
By: Ted Sherman
It’s a perfect morning for the kids. As dawn breaks, they look out their frosty bedroom windows and see that there has been steady snowing all night. All around outside the house, there is two feet of snow, with wind-blown drifts looming even higher...
How to use the International Commission on Snow and Ice's classification system for solid precipitation
By: Carol Smock
The International Commission on Snow and Ice devised a classification system in 1954, updated in 1985, that allows better understanding of the structure and stability of snow cover. Various groups, from scientists to hikers to skiers to road maintenance engineers and farmers use the system...
The snowiest cities in the world
By: Ted Sherman
We all think we know which are the snowiest cities in the world. Considering all the literature and movies about snow in Moscow, Russia, and Helsinki, Finland, you’d guess they were two of the snowiest cities in the world. They’re far from it...

 

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