Monthly Archives: February 2013

Light Fluffy Snow

Today we have been having light snow all day. The temperature has been between -0 – 1 C (30 – 33 F). This tends to be warm so the snow can sometimes be a mix or is wet and heavy. I prefer the colder temps and the lighter snow. It is so much easier to shovel! I also enjoy seeing the details with snowflakes. I was surprised to see the light fluffy snow with the warmer temps.

When you look at the snow closely you can see massive amounts of flakes all hugging together. It looked like fluffy cotton or a fluffy cloud caught on a branch. Here is a picture I took with my iPhone.


Below is some information I found on light fluffy snow from ABC’s 13 wham out of Rochester, USA.
Snowfall accumulation can be increased when significantly colder air is present. One of the basic principles of the atmosphere states that, “The atmosphere’s ability to hold moisture is directly related to the air temperature at any given time.” A warm atmosphere can hold tremendous amounts of water vapor while a cold atmosphere has a very limited ability to hold moisture.

Here’s an example: If the air temperature is 30 degrees and the area receives 0.50” of liquid precipitation. This would equate to roughly 5” of snow. That same amount of liquid at 10 degrees would equate to 15” of snow. The fluffy snow at 10 degrees is also much easier to shovel and plow compared to the “slushier” snow around 30 degrees.

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Johan Ludvig Runebergin päivä

On February 5th in Finland the flags are flying with great pride to honor Johan Ludvig Runeberg. He was a famous Finnish idealistic poet in the 1800s. He wrote his poetry in Swedish. I guess he would be called what they say here a “SwedishFinn”.

His poetry showed his great love of the Finnish landscape and the persistent Finnish people of the backwoods. He also wrote the epic poem “Tales of Ensign Stål”. This poem was about the Finland War in 1808-09 and the bravery of soldiers. The first poem became the Finnish National Anthem, “Our land (Maamme)”.

On this day the Finns eat “Runeberg’s tarts”. The little cakes are named after him. They were created in Porvoo. He would go to a cafe and eat this dry bun with some punch. Most Finns might make these buns themselves, but almost all the markets carry them. Some dayschools will be baking these today to celebrate. I picked up our Runebergin tortut’s at Stockmanns for dessert tonight.

If you visit Helsinki you can see his statue in the Esplandi Park. A lot of tourist probably have taken a picture of this statue including us. We chuckle because there always seems to be a seagull standing on his head.

I took a picture of the Finnish flag flying outside of Ella’s school in the beautiful snow storm we are having today. I also took a picture of the tarts.




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