Snow Types

As anyone that has ever shoveled knows, not all snows are created equal.  The Inuit living in the arctic have multiple words to describe snow, but in English, we have very few.  The snowfall from earlier this week was generally a light fluffy snow.  Those types of snows have a high air content and tend to be excellent insulators.  Yet, it is those same properties that also make fluffy snow an excellent aid in making the lowest levels of the atmosphere colder.  In other words, fluffy snow contributes to colder temperatures than heavier dense snow meaning, this cold snap we will be in for the next couple of weeks will be even a bit colder now.