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Snow pertains to frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when it precipitates from clouds and accumulates on surfaces, then metamorphoses in place, and ultimately melts, slides or sublimates away. Snowstorms organize and develop by feeding on sources of atmospheric moisture and cold air. Snowflakes nucleate around particles in the atmosphere by attracting supercooled water droplets, which freeze in hexagonal-shaped crystals. Snowflakes take on a variety of shapes, basic among these are platelets, needles, columns and rime. As snow accumulates into a snowpack, it may blow into drifts. Over time, accumulated snow metamorphoses, by sintering, sublimation and freeze-thaw. Where the climate is cold enough for year-to-year accumulation, a glacier may form. Otherwise, snow typically melts, seasonally, and causes runoff into streams and rivers and recharging groundwater.
Major snow-prone areas include the polar regions, the upper half of the Northern Hemisphere and mountainous regions worldwide with sufficient moisture and cold temperatures. In the Southern Hemisphere, snow is confined primarily to mountainous areas, apart from Antarctica.
Scientists study snow at a wide variety of scales that include the physics of chemical bonds and clouds; the distribution, accumulation, metamorphosis, and ablation of snowpacks; and the contribution of snowmelt to river hydraulics and ground hydrology. In doing so, they employ a variety of instruments to observe and measure the phenomena studied. Their findings contribute to knowledge applied by engineers, who adapt vehicles and structures to snow, by agronomists, who address the availability of snowmelt to agriculture, and those, who design equipment for sporting activities on snow. Scientists develop and others employ snow classification systems that describe its physical properties at scales ranging from the individual crystal to the aggregated snowpack. A sub-specialty is avalanches, which are of concern to engineers and outdoors sports people, alike.
Snow affects such human activities as transportation: creating the need for keeping roadways, wings, and windows clear; agriculture: providing water to crops and safeguarding livestock, and such sports as skiing, snowboarding, and snowmachine travel. Snow affects ecosystems, as well, by providing an insulating layer during winter under which plants and animals are able to survive the cold.
Only used once, I am selling because I no longer have the car. These things work AWESOME in the snow and are super easy to slip onto your tires. Max speed with them on is 20 mph. These are highly popular in Sweden, Finland, Canada, and places where year-round snow is a fact of life. There are...
Thinking about going up above the Ape Caves this weekend for some hiking.
Has anybody been up that way recently and is the snow receding?
I would like to try and find out so I don't spend the time to drive up there and then have to find another spot to go.
I have gear and not worried about...
Does anyone know where Snow peak gravel pit is south of Stayton East of Scio?
I heard you exit off 226 at the small town of Jordan
I heard about this shooting area but haven't been able to find it. Does anyone have directions to it?
HOA threatens resident with fine after car leaves unusual shape in snow: report
The resident and the management company, or board member, who sent the threat must be the dumbest people for miles around.
I just came back from a snow camping trip I did with my father. Camping in the snow has been on my want to try list, so I convinced my dad to brave the elements and do an overnight trip in the Mt. Washington wilderness.
The plan was to be dropped off on Saturday morning, ride 20 miles in on...
Diary of a Southerner
December 8: 6:00 PM It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the first we’ve seen in years. The wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic...
Fresh snow tracks everywhere, couldn't get in front of them until late afternoon this huge male came into the Tye Nichols antler close reed distress shot hIm right between the front legs and he still ran 300 yards.
4 Chrysler Rims with Bridgestone Blizzak Snow Tires 205/60 R16 mounted on them. Bought these (tires) new I think 4 years ago now. They were mounted only about 4 months each year. Look to be in great shape still. Car was traded in they were used on, Sebring. Never been repaired. 3 rims look to be...
Anyone here who regularly hunts in the snowy season East of the Cascades?
I have a possible gear fabric available locally to me; it is the Pencott Snowdrift camo pattern in 1000D Cordura.
Shown below is a smock in that pattern.
I see on a google search that there are a couple custom AR...
This is a convoluted story - read carefully.
Sounds like an episode of Fargo. Well it's near Fargo.
Woman tried to shoot I-94 trooper in head, passenger claims he’s of ‘sovereign nation,’ court documents say – Twin Cities
Woman driving looses control car comes to rest against barrier...