Snow In Houston?—Winter Weather Links
Some snow is expected in Houston this upcoming Thursday night/Friday morning.
(Update 2/4/11–We got ice rather than snow.)
(Above–A 20 inch snowstorm hit Houston in 1895. This picture was taken at the intersection of Travis and Prairie in Houston.)
At least one inch of snow is possible in Houston. Though just how much snow we get, and if we get any ice, will be determined by the course of the storm.
While that might not be big news in much of the country, it rarely snows in Houston.
While the bad weather in Houston will pass soon enough, it is good opportunity to learn more about snow and winter weather.
What is snow? Here are basic facts about snow from Clouds R Us.com–
“Snow forms if the air in a cloud is below freezing. The water vapour then turns to ice instead of rain and the tiny ice crystals stick together until they form snowflakes. When they get heavy enough to fall, they drop out of the clouds. At this point though, we still don’t know whether they will end up as rain or remain as snow. This depends on the temperature of the air they travel through on the way down to the ground. If it gets warmer, they turn into rain, but if the air stays close to freezing all the way down, then the snowflakes will make it without melting and so fall as snow. If this occurs in a mountain area, it is possible for snow to be falling on the mountaintop while lower down in the valley the air is warmer and so it is raining instead.”
The National Snow & Ice Data Center has plenty of information about–yes–snow and ice.
Snowcrystals.com will tell you all need to know about snowflakes.
No matter where you are, please be careful on the roads.
And no matter what anybody says, don’t believe the false logic that winter weather in a warm place means that global warming is not true.
In fact, 2010 was the warmest year on Earth so far recorded. 2010 was part of trend that has gone on for some time now.
(Below–Picture I took at Houston Ship Channel during December 4, 2009 snowfall. Photo copyright Neil Aquino.)
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