What to do if you get stuck in an avalanche
By: Cameron Scott
Expert skiers and snowboarders crave the challenges of pristine terrain and untouched powder. Extreme snowmobilers challenge the steepest virgin slopes. Skilled climbers seek the unscaled heights. What all these people have in common is that the best places to practice these sports all have slopes...
By: Philo Gabriel
Hail stones are pellets of ice, ranging in size from a pea to a grapefruit, that fall from the sky as precipitation. Hail occasionally does significant damage to property or crops, and very rarely seriously injures or even kills people. Due to the conditions necessary...
A guide to the different types of snowflakes
By: Philo Gabriel
There is no definite answer to the question of how many types of snowflakes there are. Classifying snowflakes is a matter of convention. There is no objective taxonomy; different people have devised different systems of classification for snowflakes, and these systems have caught on and...
By: Cameron Scott
Winter weather can do nasty things to a house. Ice dams can peel away roof shingles and expose your roof to mildew and rot. Howling wind can slip through every unprotected crack, leaving you cold and shivering and driving your heating bill skyhigh. Protecting your...
By: Lenna Gonya
Snow can be lovely when it falls gently on a moonlit night, however, after a foot or two of the white stuff, it can get a little oppressive. If you live in certain parts of the country, you may very well find yourself snowed in...
By: Lenna Gonya
While sleet is formed by water passing through cold air and freezing on its way down to earth, hail formation is much more involved, since hail actually bounces around for awhile before finally heading for earth. Hail is composed of balls of ice, that are...
How to use the International Commission on Snow and Ice's classification system for solid precipitation
By: Cameron Scott
In 1951, the International Commission on Snow and Ice, which is now the International Commission on Snow and Ice Hydrology, came up with the aptly-named International Classification System for Solid Precipitation. Many later physicists and meteorologists thought their system was not complex enough and came...
By: Lenna Gonya
Winter weather is harsh, and homes can take a beating, if they are not protected from the icy cold and wind. Freezing and thawing, wind, and heavy snow can cause expensive damage and energy loss.Insulation is probably the first thing you think of when...
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...

 

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