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Anyone Else Catch that Wild “Steaming” Snow Last Night?

by Prince Of Petworth February 4, 2016 at 10:10 am 20 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

On my walk home from work last night, I noticed what I found to be a bizarre phenomenon. It was quite foggy which created an eerie, yet cool atmosphere. Then, as I was walking east on H street NW, heading towards 7th street, I noticed that most of the snow banks had steam billowing from them. It was much in the same way that you see steam come off of an athlete’s head in the cold weather. The pictures don’t quite do it justice, but you can definitely see it a bit (one of the pics looks like exhaust). Now I barely passed high school chemistry, but if a snow bank was steaming, wouldn’t that mean that the snow would have to be warmer than the air?”

steaming snow
Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader

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