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NeilWere you out in the snow yesterday. The big chunks looked fantastic as they dropped.Unfortuatlly the traffic jam they caused and my 5 hour 5 mile journey home wasnt as pleasing.
NeilThe great big flakes are natures way of announcing more to come. I've seen it many times in the old Buffalo Snow Belt, as well as further south. Although I am not a bouncing bundle of sheep fur, many of us find such an exhibition delightful!I remember the very same in Norfolk VA in 1980. I got to the freeway late, and all the cars were abandoned. I carefully weaved hither and yon mile after mile to a nice cozy motel near the water were I once kept my housboat. Fond memory....I don't remember hooker sheep in the area though....
Dear W.C. Neil╣, Something else has given me a clue: Big flakes means little accumulation;Little flakes means big accumulation. Obviously, if true, there's one cause that produces both of these effects. I think it's temperature. This is, of course, all speculation on my part, and I must warn everyone that I have been very wrong lately on a variety of topics. Warm air causes moist, sticky snow, meaning big flakes are produced by little sticky flakes clumping together, and also meaning not much snow (as the main form of precipitation). Cold air causes dry snow, meaning small flakes don't clump together but remain separate, and meaning that the precipitation will come down as snow. All speculation. ____________________╣ A nod to W. C. Fields (but here W.C. means "Wooly Chum")
Why's that then ?..why was the first few minutes of snow big fat snow ?
QuoteWhy's that then ?..why was the first few minutes of snow big fat snow ?because of the avaliable moisture In the atmosphere. The bigger flakes indicate that the atmosphere has a high moisture content, as this moisture is used up by making the larger flakes there is less moisture avaliable so you get smaller flakes.
Dear W.C. Neil¹, ____________________¹ A nod to W. C. Fields (but here W.C. means "Wooly Chum")