Author:Matthew Capucci Slides by:Jaden Source:sciencenewsforstudents.org A secondary source
Science explains why some storms quietly dust us with flakes while others howl ferociously.Matthew Capucci talks about the many faces of snowstorm. This article was made on February 14 of 2019. He explains to us how some snowstorms hit us softly as dust and why the others are vicious.
Moisture can affect how the intensity of the snowstorm is changed. Moisture is like a lake, when their is a lake nearby it condenses and makes a cloud and soon begins to snow in the closest place to the lake. It also tends to not snow in surrounding places. This effect is called the lake-effect snow. All you need is just a bit of warm air and you have already started the effect.
The Effects of Moisture
Squalls are snowstorms that line up against a cold front. These can spawn anywhere at any time with a strong temperature gradient. The squalls are not worried about until after the cold front comes through. They bring really cold and dense air. At any time squalls can suddenly go through a town with really powerful winds.
Blizzards are the scariest kind of snowstorm. They are known for their heavy, vicious winds. Blizzards are made when different storms stack on each other. This snowstorm has to stay alive for at least 3 hours. Lack of density makes the storm more severe because it causes really low pressure. The lower the pressure, the more wind and snow there is.
"How and where they develop can make the difference between whether they drop a quiet dusting or the proverbial Snowmageddon." -Matthew Capucci