By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Snowflakes (snow crystals) are collections of frozen ice crystals. Ice crystals freeze around small particles of dust in the atmosphere. As the ice crystals fall to the ground, they join together, forming snowflakes. The shape that each snowflake takes is determined by the wind, temperature...
By: Keith Redfern
When a barometer rises or falls it means that the atmospheric pressure is rising or falling.A barometer is a device which measures atmospheric pressure. There are two types of barometer, mercury and aneroid, and the words rising and falling in relation to a barometer...
By: Elizabeth M Young
In California, which is one of the richest growing regions of the world, the decline in honeybee populations has been going on for two decades. Honeybees are critical for distributing pollen to millions of fruit trees, vegetable crops and other crops and their decline is...
By: Janet Grischy
As Oregon moves to zone the ocean off its coast, it must balance competing interests and conflicting uses. It is not the first government body to attempt to plan for the future of its territorial waters. The United Kingdom, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have been...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Intertidal organisms must adapt to a variety of conditions that are very threatening to life where land meets sea. The intertidal zone is a very harsh environment for three reasons, the violence of wave action, rapidly changing environmental conditions, and changes in salinity and other...
The biggest snowstorms in Chicago, IL
By: Carl Lorentzen
The Blizzard of ‘67 Nearly everyone in Chicago has said it at one time or another "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes." Well, maybe it wasn’t ten minutes but just two days before the biggest storm in Chicago’s...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
In order to understand how altitude relates to climate and weather, it is necessary to explain the meaning of weather and climate. Weather refers to the conditions present in the atmosphere including humidity, temperature, wind, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, density among other meteorological factors, over a...
Why does salt melt snow and ice
By: Kimberly Napier
When snow falls from the sky, it is so beautiful, until someone slips on the ice. At that point, people will start to place salt on their pathways to melt the snow. It is a curious thing how salt does its job to help keep...
Facts about snowflakes
By: Kimberly Napier
As the snow piles up outside the windows, it is hard to imagine that each little snowflake is as individual as a person’s fingerprints. Snow is formed from crystals in the clouds when the temperature is beneath the freezing point. Water droplets freeze on...
By: Elizabeth M Young
When snow piles up, it piles up either directly on the ground or in layers that form over time. When the snow builds up on a slope that is about 30 degrees or steeper and it becomes deep enough for something to cause it to...

 

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