7 March 2013

Snow day aftermath

Posted by Callan Bentley

So we ended up getting 13 or 14 inches of snow yesterday. It was wet, and the temperature was right around freezing. As soon as it stopped falling, it started melting.

One interesting aspect of this is that big wads of slushy snow were plopping off the trees every time a gust of wind came through.

The structures these “plops” formed exhibit much of the same morphology of meteorite impact craters on Earth and the Moon. Here are two examples from my deck:

Note the radial arms and the central peak.

It’s 38°F out there now, so I’m going to get out and take a GigaPan while there’s still some snow left to photograph.