The SEEALL Academy Zoe Chen Class 601 May 30, 2014 Blizzards One of the most dangerous, hazardous storms in the world is a blizzard. Blizzards usually occur during the winter and usually come during the cold days. Blizzards occur when the temperature is low and winds are above 50 miles per hour. They affect us by meaning humans and animals by decreasing its visibility, and dumping inches, maybe even a few feet of snow on us. During blizzards, it’s best to stay in shelter and not drive or walk on the streets because you may get frostbites.
Blizzards are caused through a confluence of cold-air, moisture and lift (which is necessary to raise the cold air and form it into clouds which produce precipitation) (Weather Almanac, 2004, p. 81). In the case of a blizzard warning, inhabitants can expect winds of over 35 mph, heavy accumulation of light, powdery snow and low visibility. These conditions make it difficult for individuals to get to and from work and school, which, in turn, makes it difficult for businesses to function, governments to deliver services and utility companies to deliver essential services (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.). The Blizzard of 1888; Importance of Topic The Great Blizzard of 1888 (which lasted from March 11 to March 14) hit the northeast U.S. with a snowfalls of over four feet, whiteouts and winds between 40 and 50 miles-per-hour.
Many winter storms have large quantities of snow and extremely low and dangerous temperatures and are often accompanied by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. One of the primary concerns is the winter storm's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home, sometimes for days, or even weeks at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region making daily life even impossible. Unlike tropical systems, winter storms were not given names until 2011. Instead, they are called by the year, the date, the geographic region most affects, or some notable event related to the storm.
Snow and Cold Weather My essay will focus on the topic of snow and the cold weather that happen during our Minnesota winters and how that affects us in our everyday life. I will begin with the water freezing which happens often in this area when the water freezes you can’t take showers, do the dishes, flush the toilet, or even cook and it can also be very costly to have repaired. Also many car accidents occur during the winter months due to the sloppy and icy road conditions caused by freezing rain and snow which can give you very little control while you are driving a few of these accidents result in death or serious injury. Another factor in cold weather is depression it can very easily happen to anyone when it gets so cold outside that you don’t want to leave your house. And it is often very dark or gloomy outside and that can also make you feel down and out and depressed.
The harsh climate of Starkfield has a sense of changing the people that encounter it, especially the Frome household. Starkfield is an interesting name for a town in New England. The narrator’s first words of the town of itself are, “But when winter shut down on Starkfield, and the village lay under a sheet of snow perpetually renewed from the pale skies...”(6). The city itself closes down due to the harsh climate and forces people inside. When people are stuck inside, that is when trouble starts brewing, or in the case of Ethan, lust.Th author’s choice of naming the fictional town is peculiar as she starts the towns name with the word “stark”.
He arrives at the house just as snow is starting to fall and observes the yard. “On that bleak hilltop,” he notes, “the earth was hard with a black frost, and the air made me shiver through every limb” (51). While it was cold at his own house, it seems even colder here, and the weather is beginning to get worse. It isn’t even until he is at the gate of Wuthering Heights that the snow starts to fall. As will later be shown, the earth at Wuthering Heights is as cold and hard as Heathcliff’s heart.
Both authors use vivid and detailed imagery to portray a dark winter storm. Frost starts the poem by describing the chilled atmosphere. In the second line, the author denotes a harsh winter storm that “pelts with snow.” This statement, along with the line mentioned earlier, indicates that the scene is working against the characters. The word “pelt” is a key word in this sentence. Pelt may mean to attack or assault, but it can also be another word for the hide of a dead animal.
A blizzard is a severe snowstorm that frequently has very cold temperatures and high winds. These two conditions form blowing snow. Did you know when a blizzard occurs it makes driving or walking extremely dangerous because the whiteout conditions make it difficult to see and do anything? According to the National Weather Service, “blizzards are vast amounts of falling snow with winds in surplus of 35 mph and visibilities of less than ¼ of a mile for a period of more than 3 hours.” Blizzards also create a wind chill effect that can be dangerous. The blowing winds and low temperatures can cause Frostbite/Hypothermia.
Lake effect snow is a very interesting mesoscale convective phenomenon that occurs mostly during the heart of the winter season and adds greatly to the annual snowfall that areas around the lakes receive. Typically impacting a small area, one location could see in excess of a foot of snow where a few miles away, could be only seeing flurries. LES (Lake Effect Snow) can come quickly and produce conditions that are very hazardous for traveling. Things like this as well as other impacts are important to note and as forecasters, try to inform the public to be prepared for an event like this. To understand the whole idea of lake effect snow, one must travel to the past where this phenomenon was first discovered and from there; move forward in time to see the progress that has been made not only in understanding this, but also forecasting it as well.
The snow falling in Smilla's world is quanick, large, light and magical and the fog obscuring Karl's world, possesses an equally mysterious quality. From these points of departure, both Hoeg's novel and Hicks's film begin to create worlds characterised and shaped by formidable weather. Both stories are powerfully conveyed by the vivid imagery of their settings. Hoeg opens his novel with a powerful prologue, set at a funeral; Smilla instantly informs us that weather, the seemingly limitless "December darkness", has influenced her mood. Smilla's connection with her environment is stressed throughout the novel and is strikingly apparent in the conclusion.