Friday, February 18, 2011

Weather of the Month - Snow

Do you know why snow is bright white? Because it reflects light instead of absorbing it. Snowflakes have a complex structure that causes the sunlight to scatter and bounce away.

Snow can also be found in colors other than white. For instance: black snow can be fall in areas of high pollution or in an area where there has been a large fire or volcanic eruption. Red snow falls when it mixes with dust particles of red sand that are in the air. When snow mixes with algae particles it can fall in a rainbow of colors including, purple, orange, green, yellow and red.

Now snow is not something we have seen a lot of here where I live this winter. I am hoping by writing about it in February that I tempt the weather gods to bring us some for spring.

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