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The Science Behind Seattle's Historic Snow

Seattle is no stranger to wet winters, but usually it falls as drizzle, mist, and other forms of liquid precipitation. This week, though, more than a foot of snow has turned the Emerald City white. So what gives?Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Climate, Snow, Seattle, Emerald City, Let It Snow


Washington Reels From Snow-Induced Mayhem as It Braces for More Unusual Winter Weather

Washington state knew that it was in for an unusual snow event over the weekend—but the storm delivered a full-on Snowmageddon. Snow blanked the region beginning Friday and into Saturday, delivering to Seattle what the National Weather Service said was “the most snow in February in 70 years.”Read more...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, Science, Washington, Snow, Seattle, Snowmageddon, Extremeweather


Washington Reels From Snow-Induced Mayhem as It Braces for More Usual Winter Weather

Washington state knew that it was in for an unusual snow event over the weekend—but the storm delivered a full-on Snowmageddon. Snow blanked the region beginning Friday and into Saturday, delivering to Seattle what the National Weather Service said was “the most snow in February in 70 years.”Read more...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, Science, Washington, Snow, Seattle, Snowmageddon, Extremeweather


Washington Governor Declares State of Emergency as It Braces for Biggest Snowstorm in Years

As the Pacific Northwest hunkers down, huddles up, and prepares to be pummeled by snow, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency and warned the state’s residents to avoid driving in what could be one of the most intense snowstorms the state has seen in some time.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Washington, Snow, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Jay Inslee, Washington Governor Declares State of Emergency, Snowpacalypse


Bummer: Global Warming Won't Make Giant Winter Snow Storms Go Away

Climate change is going to have a lot of unpleasant consequences. But at least those of us on the East Coast won’t face as many nasty winter snowstorms, right? Well... a new study is throwing a bit of cold water on that silver lining.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate, Snow, Winter Weather, East Coast, Noreaster, We Cant Have Nice Things


California Is About to Get Pounded With an Atmospheric River, Raising the Risk of Mudslides

A series of monster storms will leave California’s mountains white and set rivers roaring over the back half of the week. The Golden State is looking at feet of snow and hurricane-force winds, and because of all the areas burned by record-setting fires the past two years, a serious risk of mudslides. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Snow, Rain, Atmospheric river, Golden State, Mudslides, Weather Is Happening


Rare Snow Has Turned Greek Ruins Into a Winter Wonderland This Week

Athens just put in a pretty strong bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. A huge dip in the jet stream has allowed polar air to plunge into the normally temperate Mediterranean, dumping snow in Greece’s capital and beach resort towns. Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Greece, Snow, Athens, Mediterranean, Weather Is Happening


Industrial Plants Are Making It Snow in Nebraska This Week

Tired: Lake-effect snow. Wired: Industrial processing plant snow.Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Nebraska, Odd Occurrences, Power Plant Snow


Be Thankful for Your Heater This Thanksgiving Because You're Going to Need It

If you live in the Northeast, you better put some mittens on your turkey this Thanksgiving. Because temperatures are gonna’ drop—and not like it’s hot.Read more...
Tags: Science, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Snow, Coldsgiving


NASA’s beautiful snowflake simulations could help predict inclement weather

There’s a lot about snow we don’t know. Where does it come from? Where does it go? What does it taste like? Admittedly there are tentative answers to these questions. But there are yet more complex ones like how exactly, on a microscopic level, snow melts in mid-air. That’s the focus of one project at NASA, the results of which are both practical and beautiful. Snow is a critical part of the weather system (did you know there’s a whole “cryosphere”), and the ways in which it forms and melts c...
Tags: Weather, Science, Government, Snow, Tech, Nasa, Meteorology, Jpl, Leinonen, Jussi Leinonen


Orange Snow Turns Europe Into a Martian Landscape

The fact that snow is white seems like a pretty basic truth. But over the weekend in parts of eastern Europe, the snow turned orange. Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Winter, Snow, Sahara, Dreaming Of An Orange Christmas, Orange Snow Turns Europe Into


This Is What 'Snowfall of the Century' Looks Like in Moscow

Moscow got more than 18 inches of snow on Sunday and Monday, the typical total for a month.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Snow, Moscow, Snowy Snowy Russia


This Pic Pretty Much Sums Up the Winter We’ve Been Having

Taken just yesterday, this satellite photo shows the extent of snow cover in the eastern United States. From Saginaw, Michigan down to Huntsville, Alabama, it’s been that kind of winter. Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Snow, United States, Huntsville Alabama, Saginaw Michigan, Meteorlogy, Walkin In A Winter Wonderland, Snow Accumulation


See the marvelous colors "inside" snowflakes

Don Komarechka captures astonishing photographs of snowflakes. His book Sky Crystals is a survey of snowflake science, a monograph of his macrophotography masterpieces, and a tutorial on the techniques. At Petapixel, Komarechka explains the surprising pop of color sometimes seen through the lens when he's shooting a snowflake: As a snowflake grows it often creates a cavity or bubble inside of it where the inner side of the crystal grows slower than the top and bottom edge. This forces the l...
Tags: Post, Photography, Science, News, Snow, Physics, Snowflakes, Don Komarechka, Petapixel Komarechka


Watch This Tesla Model X Pull A Semi Truck Up A Snowy Hill

The Tesla Model X is an impressive performance machine, one day embarrassing cars at the drag strip and the next helping to pull giant trucks trapped on just the slightest snowy incline.Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Towing, Semi Trucks


The Cars Are Frozen

Parts of the Northeast are getting hammered by frigid temperatures right now, just 24 hours after a winter storm dropped a blanket of snow across several states. Near Boston, some people awoke Friday and found the storm had consumed their cars with ice. Read more...
Tags: Science, Boston, Snow, Snowstorm, Winter Driving


Watch a Speeding Train Blast a Bunch of Commuters With Snow

Here’s a free piece of advice should you ever find yourself waiting for the first train to roll into a station after a heavy snowfall: Stand as far away from the tracks as possible, assuming you don’t want to get blasted with a massive shitstorm of snow. Read more...
Tags: Science, Trains, Snow, Amtrak, Blizzards


Volkswagen Put an Invisible Layer of Silver in Its New Windshields to Melt Away Snow

It’s impossible not to look at a new feature from Volkswagen with a skeptical eye after Dieselgate, but we’re hoping the company’s new climate windshield, that can melt snow and ice without the need for distracting wires, delivers as promised—because the winter sucks if you own a car.Read more...
Tags: Science, Winter, Snow, Glass, Automotive, Vw, Innovation, Volkswagen, Silver, Dieselgate


Holy Crap, This Passenger Train Totally Obliterated a FedEx Truck

Damn. In a terrifying accident in Utah, a FrontRunner train crashed into a FedEx truck and basically shredded its trailer into pieces, sending boxes flying everywhere. Thankfully (and impressively), there were no serious injuries in the crash, as it seemed the train busted through the softest part of the FedEx truck.Read more...
Tags: Utah, Wtf, Science, Accidents, Trains, Snow, Scary, Trucks, Crashes


This Never-Ending Parade of Snow Plows Is Easily the Best Way to Clear Snowy Roads

If you’re from a place where it snows a lot (I’m not), and where people don’t annoyingly complain about how cold it is all the time (not me), and are totally prepared for the winter months (also, not me), you’re probably not as surprised as I am about this seemingly never-ending stretch of badass snow plowers…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cars, Snow, Roads, Impressive, Streets


Traveling Around Alaska on a Train Is Totally Gorgeous

I never really thought about visiting Alaska, but after seeing Tom Welsh’s trip out to the north, I started thinking about it hard. Read more...
Tags: Science, Winter, Snow, Beautiful, Nature, Alaska


This Motorcycle With Snowmobile Tracks Is the Most Overkill Way to Crush Your Winter Commute

Forget about trying to cram your way onto an already packed subway car when it’s snowy and you need to get to work. Motorcycle maker Christini has applied its expertise in building two-wheel drive bikes to a new snow-thrashing machine called the II-Track Snow Bike system that promises to make wintery commutes actually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Winter, Snow, Bikes, Automotive, Vehicles, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Christini


Apocalyptic Image of the Great Lakes Gives New Meaning to ‘Lake-Effect Snow’

A stunning true-color satellite image taken yesterday shows the Great Lakes shrouded by lake-effect snow clouds. It’s a glorious example of this meteorological phenomenon in action. Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Meteorology, Lake Effect Snow, Great Lakes


You Don't Need a Hill When There's a Jet Engine Strapped to Your Snowboard

Adding to the near-infinite list of things you saw on the internet that you really shouldn’t try at home, YouTube’s the Hacksmith strapped a couple of jet turbine engines to the back of a snowboard and hit his Canadian snow-covered streets because when you’ve got a jet-powered snowboard, you don’t need a mountain.Read more...
Tags: Science, Winter, Snow, Snowboarding, Snowboards, Jet Engines


The Cops Don't Like Your Zip-Tie Tire Chains

Last week the California Highway Patrol office up in snowy Truckee shared a photo of something I’d never seen before– snow traction devices that work like zip-ties. The cops used it to illustrate “what not to do” but the concept is actually pretty brilliant.Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, California Highway Patrol, Recovery, Winter Driving, Truckee


Wow, Look at This Lighthouse Completely Covered in Ice

Photographer Joshua Nowicki captured photographs of the St. Joseph lighthouse at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Michigan and it’s beautifully (and completely) covered in ice. And because the thick icicles that accentuate the lighthouse are angled back from the strong winds, it looks like an alien sculpture that’s frozen in time.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Winter, Snow, Beautiful, Ice, Michigan, Lighthouse, St Joseph River, Joshua Nowicki


Photos of Freak Snowfall in the Sahara Look Unreal

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra is known as the Gateway to the Sahara, and it’s not the kind of place that gets associated with winter weather. So imagine the surprise of amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata when he awoke to see his picturesque town and the surrounding sand dunes covered in a blanket of snow. Thankfully for us, he grabbed his camera.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Snow, Meteorology, Deserts, Sahara, Weird Weather


Skiing Through These Ice Caves on a Glacier Looks Majestic

Watching Sam Favret ski through Mer de Glace makes me think that there probably aren’t too many places in the world that are more fun to ski than that beautiful valley glacier in the Mont-Blanc massif in the French Alps. There are all these narrow pathways to zip through with huge ice walls surrounding you, little mysterious ice caves to explore, and makeshift ice halfpipes and ramps to pull tricks off of. Sure, crashing would hurt like hell but the views are incredible.Read more...
Tags: Science, Winter, Snow, Fun, Skiing, Ice, Glaciers, Mer De Glace


Careening Down a Mountain on Glowing Skis Is Dangerously Beautiful

You’d think that professional skier Mathieu Bijasson would be a little more careful after having his first kid. But now that he’s a dad, apparently skiing down a mountain on a pair of glowing skis in the middle of the night is how he chooses to spend his time while his kid sleeps.Read more...
Tags: Mountains, Science, Winter, Sports, Snow, Skiing, Skis


Snowflake’s fourfold symmetry is pure fantasy | Brief letters

Snowflake graphic | Safe spaces | Nurses without degrees | French cake history | Tennis and risk of death | Fivers, ponies and monkeysWhen is a snowflake not a snowflake? Answer: when it has fourfold symmetry, like the graphic used with your article (Poor little snowflake, G2, 29 October). How could you make such a mistake? If you are determined to include a snowflake graphic, please get it right. Your snowflakes appear to be made of cubic ice, a metastable polymorph not seen in blizzards or sno...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Money, France, Snow, Society, UK News, World news, Physics, NHS, Tennis, Nursing, Jeremy Hunt, Human biology, Snowflake



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