Some snow is great for snowball fights while other snow won't hold its shape. Some snow is perfect for skiing while other snow just slows you down. Scientists use snow ratios to describe the different types of snow.What are snow ratios? The snow to liquid ratio is a way of describing what makes light, fluffy snow different from heavy, wet snow. The temperature can have a huge impact on the amount of snow as well as how much it weighs. The snow ratio compares the amount of liquid precipitation with the number of inches of snow. In colder weather, snow has more air space so there are more inches of snow. Wet snow that falls at the freezing mark is usually sloppy and heavy.
Storm tracks often provide information that helps forecast the snow to water ratio. Tracks near oceans have more liquid water in clouds which usually produces lower snow-liquid ratios.
For weather enthusiasts, here's a table from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that gives a statistical relationship between amounts of snow that fall and the corresponding water equivalent at specified temperature ranges. The water equivalent and snowfall amounts are listed in inches. Temperature ranges are listed in degrees Fahrenheit. These values are only approximate.
While downpours could come calling at the start and finish of the July Fourth weekend in the northeastern United States, the vast majority of the time will be dry.
Rain and thunderstorms will threaten parades, barbecues and fireworks displays across portions of the central and eastern United States and the Intermountain West on Independence Day.
Research shows that cooking meat on the grill can put you at a higher risk for cancers, including colorectal, breast, stomach and pancreatic cancers.
Millions of Americans will be disappointed as the recent dry weather and high risk for wildfires across the western United States has put firework bans into effect.
With more people entering the aquatic home of one of nature's oldest predators, shark attacks continue to climb each year. Here are some tips on how to avoid an attack.
The recent unsettled weather across the United Kingdom will continue this weekend impacting several outdoor events.
Baton Rouge, LA (1989)
22.80" of rain for the month of June.
Evansville, IN (1991)
Apparent temperature of 112 degrees.
New York, NY (1992)
No 90-degree readings during June; the first June without any 90-degree heat since 1985.