When A Meteorite Hits Snow It Forms A "Snow Carrot" Instead Of A Crater

What happens when a meteorite hits snow? Instead of forming classic impact craters, the fragments form strange funnels of dense snow diving into the surface instead. Here's the physics of how "snow carrots" form. » 3/18/15 8:08pm 3/18/15 8:08pm

An Intriguing Theory That Explains This Winter's Intensely Cold Weather

In this scenario, put forth by physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rise in air pollution via coal emissions from China and Southeast Asia is to blame for the relentless snows that have blanketed parts of the United States. » 3/08/15 4:15pm 3/08/15 4:15pm

Watch This Heroic Bald Eagle Keep Her Eggs Warm In A Snow-Covered Nest

Though the live camera feed of her nest in Pennsylvania's Codurus State Park reveals that she's gotten some relief from the snow, this image (captured March 5) shows a bald eagle mother keeping her eggs warm ... despite what was clearly some deeply inconsiderate weather. » 3/07/15 1:15pm 3/07/15 1:15pm

Iditarod Dog Race Moves 225 Miles North In Search Of Snow

After the rocky, injury-plagued, snow-light conditions of last year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, this year's even warmer season means the starting line of the race will move 225 miles north. It will still end in Nome, Alaska, but it'll begin in Fairbanks rather than Anchorage. » 3/06/15 7:00pm 3/06/15 7:00pm

How much snow has the United States seen this year? The New York Times has a set of composite photos showing snow cover from 2013, 2014, and 2015. Two things stand out: one is the photos for the Northeast, which shows the thicker more snow this year. The other is the disappearance of snow from the west. » 3/06/15 3:00am 3/06/15 3:00am

Why Is This Small Town In Russia Getting Blue Snow?

Snow: It comes in all textures, consistencies, and shapes, but the color, at least, is remarkably consistent. But in Chelyabinsk, Russia, residents have been alarmed to see snow suddenly showing up in shades of baby blue. Just what's going on here? » 2/16/15 9:50am 2/16/15 9:50am

With the Blizzard Comes These Star-Shaped Snowflakes

The northeast of the United States is in the midst of a blizzard, which could bring a potentially historic amount of snow to New York City. But earlier today, before temperatures drop and the snow covers everything, these large, star-shaped snowflakes were spotted all over the city. » 1/26/15 11:00pm 1/26/15 11:00pm

The Science Behind Freak Snowstorms

If you've ever experienced the overwhelming "flash snowstorm" that is lake effect snow, you know that the sudden white-out conditions can disappear just as quickly as they came, a giant pile of freshly fallen snow the only evidence they were there at all. But how does it work? Here it is, explained in one picture. » 1/08/15 9:20am 1/08/15 9:20am

Here's What a New Year's Snow Fall Looks Like at the Grand Canyon

This photo from the Grand Canyon National Park Service shows what the park looked like on January 1, 2015. Snow blanketed the whole thing, with clouds promising another dusting. » 1/06/15 10:30pm 1/06/15 10:30pm

The Anatomy of Chicago's Busted Christmas Eve Snow Forecast

Remember all that snow Chicago was supposed to get today? It's 41°F and raining right now. Forecasts were always honest that it might not snow, but seeing the potential for up to six inches of snow on Christmas Eve vanish in a cold, dreary rain is still a shock to the system. Here's why that happened. » 12/29/14 1:06am 12/29/14 1:06am

How To Brew Your Own Snowflakes In An Empty Soda Bottle

Whether you're tromping through piles of freshly fallen snow or digging your toes into the sand far away from the nearest snowflake, there's a way to brew up a very tiny snowstorm right in your own house — and all you need to do it is a sponge, an empty soda bottle, fishing line, a paperclip, and some dry ice. » 12/23/14 10:08am 12/23/14 10:08am

Think You Get A Lot Of Snow? These Are The Largest Snowfalls On Record

Snow can be a wonderful thing—until it buries your car, prevents you from opening your front door, and ensures that you won't be going anywhere for at least a week. Curl up under a blanket and pray that you don't see as much snow as fell during these winter storms.
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See Every Possible Kind Of Snowflake Shape In One Chart

Every snowflake is different. But while each snowflake itself may be different from the one that came before it, the crystalline shapes that make up all these special little snowflakes are actually remarkably uniform. » 12/11/14 9:40am 12/11/14 9:40am

This Massive Snow Art Is a Tribute to the River That Used to Flow Here

Since 2011, artist Sonja Hinrichsen has brought volunteers out onto the snow of Colorado to create art that can only be full seen from above. 2014's entry was an abstract interpretation of original flow of the Yampa River and its four main tributaries in Routt County, made on an artificial lake created by damming. » 11/30/14 11:30pm 11/30/14 11:30pm

Buffalo Is Not The Only Place That Has Ever Received Epic Snow

Predictably, in the wake of the massive snowstorm burying Buffalo, we're getting a lot of mislabelled photos floating around of other, not-Buffalo places buried in snow some time in the past. Here's a few fakes we've spotted. » 11/21/14 3:54pm 11/21/14 3:54pm

It's Not Just The Arctic Ice That's Thinning -- It's The Snow Too

It's no secret that the ice in the arctic is getting thinner, both in terms of sheer volume and in terms of land mass occupied. But now, scientists say that we should also be concerned about the snow on top of that ice. » 8/18/14 10:59am 8/18/14 10:59am

Will Alaska's Biggest Sled Dog Race Continue Without Snow?

The Iditarod, a 900-mile sled dog race across Alaska, goes on no matter what the weather, which can range from whiteout blizzards to hazardously frosty temps. But what happens when the racers show up and the snows don't? This year, we found out. » 4/15/14 10:15am 4/15/14 10:15am

A climate map showing every Winter Olympics ever!

Climatologists over at NOAA have mapped out the weather patterns hitting the host cities during the Winter Olympics since their beginning — and, big surprise, the Winter Olympics are heating up, with Sochi among the warmest of the last century. Here it is in more detail: » 2/12/14 11:29am 2/12/14 11:29am

Sorry conspiracy theorists, but the snow in Atlanta was real.

A conspiracy theory is floating around that someone other than Mother Nature is responsible for Atlanta's latest snowfall, spurred on by clips of people burning snowballs black. This video, using a lighter and some snow, explains why they're wrong — and explores the phenomenon of "snow that doesn't melt." » 2/03/14 7:00pm 2/03/14 7:00pm

A map of ​how much snow it takes to cancel school across the U.S.

How much snow does it take to cancel school in your area? This map takes a look at just how much snow around the country it takes to have a snowday. » 1/30/14 7:00am 1/30/14 7:00am