Snow, snow and more snow. Do you see the look on my face? I just can’t believe this. We don’t get much for snow, maybe a dusting a few times during the winter. So for us to get over six inches is a bit crazy.
It still hasn’t stopped snowing but it has slowed down a lot so that’s good. I did have fun playing in the snow but I’m a summer dog. I’d much prefer a nice warm sunny day splashing in the ocean. Oh well. I’ll have fun in the snow while it’s here and hope that it goes away soon. BOL!
Do you know what snow is and where it comes from? I’m just a young pup so my humans have to fill me in on these types of things and I thought I’d share it with you.
Snow is precipitation in the form of flakes of crystalline water ice that falls from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. It has an open and therefore soft, white, and fluffy structure, unless subjected to external pressure. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Types that fall in the form of a ball due to melting and refreezing, rather than a flake, are known as hail, ice pellets or snow grains.
The process of precipitating snow is called snowfall. Snowfall tends to form within regions of upward movement of air around a type of low-pressure system known as an extratropical cyclone. Snow can fall poleward of these systems’ associated warm fronts and within their comma head precipitation patterns (called such due to the comma-like shape of the cloud and precipitation pattern around the poleward and west sides of extratropical cyclones). Where relatively warm water bodies are present, for example because of water evaporation from lakes, lake-effect snowfall becomes a concern downwind of the warm lakes within the cold cyclonic flow around the backside of extratropical cyclones. Lake-effect snowfall can be heavy locally. Thundersnow is possible within a cyclone’s comma head and within lake effect precipitation bands. In mountainous areas, heavy snow is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation, if the atmosphere is cold enough. Snowfall amount and its related liquid equivalent precipitation amount are measured using a variety of different rain gauges.