[funsec] Protesters on UK Parliament

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Wed Feb 27 15:31:27 CST 2008


Right, the colder it is, the less water vapor the air can hold and hence
less snow.  Colder temperatures however will tend to make already fallen
snow stay around longer.  Hence snow pack numbers and ice thickness numbers
become interesting.

Precipitation amounts vary a lot based also on if the prevailing winds bring
in dry air vs. wet air.  Just ask the folks in Georgia.......

Richard

-----Original Message-----
From: Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu [mailto:Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 4:22 PM
To: Richard M. Smith
Cc: funsec at linuxbox.org
Subject: Re: [funsec] Protesters on UK Parliament

On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 15:44:41 EST, "Richard M. Smith" said:
> Thanks for the update.  Very interesting.
> 
> I saw the original article on Drudge, not in a chain letter.  It then got
> picked up by bloggers.
> 
> Here's what I found regarding sun spots and cold weather:
> 
>    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age#Solar_activity
> 
> Regardless, NW Vermont where I'm at now is having a record amount of snow
> this month. ;-)

Somewhat paradoxically, that in fact is partly explainable by a warming
trend
too.. ;)

I used to live in Potsdam NY, and it got *mighty* chilly some winters (-40F
and wind chills as low as -80F).  And everybody *knew* that those *really*
cold spells never had much snow attached to them, because air that cold
doesn't
have the moisture capacity.   On the other hand, if it got up to 28F or 31F,
you could be in trouble, because *that* air would hold a *lot* of water
vapor.

Remember - Antarctica is a *desert* because it's too cold to snow - the
South
Pole gets something like 1/10 of an inch of snow a *year*.  Snow *drifts*
all
the time, but almost never any actual snowfall....




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