Awhile ago 2 weather questions came into my mind. I initially emailed FOX 45's Vytas Reid the questions, this was over two weeks ago. Yesterday I emailed other news stations WBAL, WJZ, WMAR, and even a DC station. BOB TURK answered my question in a matter of less then 3 hours! So I definitely tip my hat to Bob Turk and WJZ channel 13 for their services to viewers that makes them feel like more then just watchers of their Broadcast but also an important part of there job. I mean it's just good customer service if you will. So here were my two questions.
1. Why is it that we may receive several feet of Snow but only several inches of Rain? Seeing as how snow is just rain but a different temperature, it seems that snow falls more steadily and abundantly. Granted, snow is packed on top of itself, but it seems like 2 feet of snow would melt down to maybe at least 5 inches of water.
2. The saying goes "Heat Rises," so why is it that the higher you go in the atmosphere the colder it gets?
Snow isn't just rain at a different temperature, snow is crystals that form in subfreezing temperatures and each one is different . The moisture available, the air temperature, the wind, all make flakes different. One inch of rain will typically yield about ten inches of snow through this natural unique process.They are two very different things. The heat rises is true, but as one goes higher in the atmosphere the air gets thinner and less capable of holding heat, thus the temperature falls approximately 3 degrees for each 1000 feet in elevation. On a day when it's a hot 90 degrees out , at 30,000 feet where big thunderstorms are typically located, it's a subfreezing zero degrees!! Hence hail can fall from summer storms on a hot day!! Hope that helps..Thanks for watching..Bob Turk
WHATTTTTTTT!!!! Bob dropping jewels!
1 inch of rain = 10 inches of snow
-3 degrees for every 1000 ft. in the air
Not only were my questions answered the same day, but they were very informative as well. Let's see if the other stations catch up.
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