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.
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 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. The storm received a great deal of attention because it shut down New York City, stranded many of its inhabitants and created life-threatening hazard as precipitation rested on overhead wires causing them to collapse. As Polly Fry notes, several conditions must exist in order to distinguish a blizzard from a snowstorm: a blizzard must have winds of over 35 mph, reduced visibility because of the “blowing or drifting ... ... middle of paper ... ...ge that it is simply a fact of life. Part of the reason blizzards are difficult to define is because peoples perceptions of what constitutes a blizzard vary. Works Cited “Arctic Climatology and Meteorology.” NSIDC.org.
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.
The map above confirms that Alaska is at high risk for avalanche. As a result of this threat, learning about avalanches is a necessity when recreating or working in high avalanche areas. In order to better understand Avalanches, it makes sense to first learn about what avalanches are compose of, snow. Snow forms when atmospheric conditions cause water vapor to condense. However, it is obvious that all snow doesn't have the same structure.
Flooding In Canada What is Where? Canada isn’t one of the most common places for flooding to take place but, lately flooding has been occurring more frequently because of the unsteady climate and weather patterns. Flooding is a very dangerous event. Flooding can happen anywhere at any time and sometimes you don't have time to prepare, by the time there are warnings it can be too late. Most floods in Canada occur on the west and east coast, however floods can occur from snow melt, heavy precipitation, excessive runoff, earthquakes, global warming and climate change (Burton).
When this happens, one storm travels southeastward from Alberta; the other brings weather from the Rocky Mountains. This convergence is commonly referred to as a "November gale." One hundred years ago, in November, 1913, a blizzard with hurricane-force winds assaulted the Great Lakes. The storm produced 90-mph wind gusts, 35-foot waves and whiteout snow squalls. It was the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the area.
Many people throughout the world deal with environmental destruction. Whether it is natural or man created, both end in sudden calamities. An example of a natural catastrophe is the 1997 Red River Flood in Grand Forks, North Dakota. One of the unique aspects of the Red River is that it flows North and empties into the lake Winnepeg in Canada. However, since temperature tends to get colder the farther north you get, ice-jamming is often a concern of the Red River during the spring season.
But, if it were to fall at a higher temperature it would turn the ice crystals into rain or sleet. Obviously snowstorms occur in cold places like Minnesota in the winter time. Normally they will travel south since the big, heavy, and cold air mass is blown down from the north. The intensity is measured by how much snow is falling. For example: It may be a light fall of snow, or a blizzard.
When thunderstorm are mentioned, a large gray mass of clouds with an anvil shape immediately comes to mind, and most people never give it a second thought. Thunderstorms form because of the rapid upward movement of warm, moist air (2010, Thunderstorm). Depending on the severity of the storm there can be anything from several inches of rain to hail, and in some severe cases even tornadoes. Thunderstorms can be classified as a single-cell, multi-cell, or super-cell, with super-cells being the most severe of the three. Because of the large amounts of rain that can accompany a thunderstorm, they are also responsible for secondary disasters like flash flooding.