Monday, February 25, 2013

Sugar Snow

Sunday came with rain in the morning and then it turned to snow. As the storm evolved, huge snow flakes came tumbling down. Here in the Atlantic North East (A.K.A New England) we call this “sugar snow” because we generally get it during [maple] sugar season.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

The interesting thing about sugar snow is that when it comes, it means that the snow storm is about over, usually it would end in 30 to 60 minutes.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

But that is the way it worked when I was a kid in Vermont. I learned fast that in Boulder-Denver, it was not that good feeling that the storm was about to end. These large flakes meant that the storm was bout to ramp up and it was going to be a doozy laying wet snow on warm pavement creating black ice followed by a foot or two of power.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

Sunday’s storm was somewhere in between. The storm lasted for hours. Maybe it is because I am no longer in Vermont and living on the coast that the sugar snow did not bring the end of the storm. Below is a reshoot of the photo above taken this morning.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

If you look in the dictionary for sugar snow, you will get a totally different term. For those that study hydrology, what wet and wild branch of geology, sugar snow is another name for depth hour, which is a technical term for a ice granules that form near the snow/earth boundary.

3 comments:

Roy Norris said...

The reshoot is beautiful Steve.

bunnits said...

Beautiful photos. We've only had a few flurries here in north Alabama this year. Mostly rain. Last year we had a bit of snow, but not like we used to get. I enjoy these snow photos.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are gorgeous!

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