Thursday, April 10, 2008

Snow Facts

Since I have enjoyed too much of Snow quite recently here I thought I will find more facts about it and share it with you all here. Before we get to know the facts here is just a brief intro on how the snow is formed and how it comes down to ground as snow flake in the form of snow fall.

Water inside clouds gets frozen and it turns into ice crystals. They are formed around tiny bits of dirt that have been carried up into the atmosphere by the wind. Finally these Ice crystals join together creating snow flakes. Once the flakes are heavy enough they fall to the ground as snow. Each snow flake is made up of from 2 to about 200 separate crystals. In addition to a normal snow fall, snow can drift to the ground lightly as flurries, fall heavily as a snowstorm, or pile up quickly by being blown by strong winds in a blizzard. Ok, now you can proceed to read more on the snow facts.
  • Snow continues to challenge weather experts across the country. It is still very difficult to predict and is surprisingly hard to measure once it has fallen

  • Based on National Weather Service records for 1961 through 1990, Rochester, New York averages 94 inches of snow annually and is the snowiest large city in the United States. Rochester has a population more than 200,000 and annual municipal snow-removal budget of $3.7 million (1995 figures)

  • Buffalo, New York, is a close runner-up in terms of U.S. large cities with the most snow. A 39-inch snowfall in 24 hours in early December 1995 cost the city nearly $5 million for snow removal.

  • Each year an average of 105 snow-producing storms affect the continental United States. A typical storm will have a snow-producing lifetime of two to five days and will bring snow to portions of several states.

  • Fresh snow is an excellent insulator. Ten inches of fresh snow with a density of 0.07 inches, seven percent water, is approximately equal to a six-inch-layer of fiberglass insulation with an insulation R-value of R-18.

  • Practically every location in the United States has seen snowfall. Even most portions of southern Florida have seen a few snow flurries.

  • Snow kills hundreds of people in the United States each year. The primary snow-related deaths are from traffic accidents, overexertion, and exposure, but deaths from avalanches have been steadily increasing.

  • The greatest snowfall officially reported at the Phoenix, Arizona National Weather Service Office was one inch. That occurred twice. The first time was January 20, 1933. It happened again four years later on the same date.

  • In the western United States, mountain snow pack contributes up to 75 percent of all year-round surface water supplies.

  • The commonly used ten-to-one ratio of snowfall to water content is a myth for much of the United States. This ration varies from as low as 100-to-one to as high as about three-to-one depending on the meteorological conditions associated with the snowfall.

  • Nationwide, the average snowfall amount per day when snow falls is about two inches, but in some mountain areas of the West, an average of seven inches per snow day is observed.
Courtesy : NSIDC


MSV Muthu said...

Wonderfull! Congrats!
Some more facts about SNOW!

As said by noble prize winner for literature, Orhan Pamuk, in his mysterious and complicated novel, "snow":

"Once a six-pronged snowflake crystallizes, it takes between eight and ten minutes for it to fall through the sky, lose its original shape, and vanish"

Now Orhan jumps to Philosophy using snow as metaphor, if you understand, I envy you, you are lucky!

"Everyone has his own snowflake; individual existences might look identical from afar but to understand one's own eternally mysterious uniqueness, one has only to plot the mysteries of his or her own snowflake"


Saravanan said...

Thanks for that informative addition Muthu. I guess I got little understanding on this philosophical jump.