Now Embracing Winter Warmly
Winter is a weather reality for most of us who live in North America. While the extremes and severity of said weather vary, depending on the latitudinal coordinate where you reside, it amazes me how much more people complain these days about the cold, snow and even road conditions. Maybe this form of amnesia about the verisimilitude of winter’s ways is tied to our hubris, born from the post-modern belief that technology trumps everything else, including weather. It might also be fueled by local media outlets, in their newfound quest to entertain, rather than educate. Nothing makes greater theater than a winter storm. From the opening strains of the dark and sinister “storm center” music, to incessant live reports from the turnpike, the airport and other locations out and about. Does it ever occur to anyone, anymore, that it snows in the winter? I’ve been a resident of the Northeastern United Stated for most of my 45 years. I remember the significant snows of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was 1978, in fact, when New England experienced one of her most severe winter storms. This “storm of the century” brought continuous snow for 33 hours, three times the duration of your typical Northeaster. Over 3,500 cars had to be abandoned on highways and interstates, in and around Boston. Numerous coastal homes along the New England shoreline, and as far south as Long Island, washed into the sea. In the 1980s, I left the parochial ways of New England and made my way to the Midwest, settling along the shores of Lake Michigan, living in northwest Indiana during that time. I had no idea that this region, like other places tucked up tight to one of the Great Lakes, can experience lake effect snows and storms that rival anything New England can dish out, in the way of winter wantonness. One particular storm that occurred in 1984, brought snow and strong winds, causing whiteouts and drifting snow piled 12-15 feet high. As a result,...
30 October 2012
Once upon a time, deep underwater, the Queen of Atlantis sits at her window sewing at her window, she pricks her finger on her needle and drops of blood fall on the white coral that had grow on her ebony style window frame. As she stares at the blood on the coral and says to herself “Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony”. Months afterward, the queen gives birth to a beautiful baby girl who skin was white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. She is named snow white and the queen suddenly dies. Not long after, the King takes a new wife, who is beautiful but has no moral. Eventually he dies and the wicked Queen takes the thrown of Atlantis. Fearing Snow White’s beauty could potently surpass her own, the wicked Queen forces Snow White to work as a scullery maid and is forced to wear old rags instead of normal clothing. Every the wicked Queen asks the Magic Mirror, which was designed for whalebones, “who is the fairest one of all”. And the mirrors reply would always be the Queen, for several years. One day, sitting on her thrown of eels and octopus tentacles the Magic Mirror informs the wicked Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in of all Atlantis. Jealous, the Queen hires a huntsman to take Snow White into the woods, outside the...
Dr. Ellen Dolgin
“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”
In Lisa See’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” we are introduced to several scenes that break the norm of the time the book took place. In 19th century China, which is the general time period of this book, women were in the unfortunate situation of being treated more as property than human beings. It was a patriarchal society, and women were only there to bring men sons and care for the children, as well as cook and make clothing. The unfortunate reality of this was, as seen through Lily’s eyes in this novel, it appears that women accepted this as the norm, and saw very little fault with it. Although they did write to each other in their secret writing and discuss it at times, they did not see it as something wrong with society, but rather as just the way life was, as this is how their families were raised, and this is how they would raise their own children. Women were confined to an upstairs chamber for much of their lives. In this chamber, they would have their feet bound at a very young age, to make them more beautiful to men and get them better husbands. This torturous event in their lives was dangerous and in reality gave them almost a form of a handicap throughout the rest of their lives. When girls were born, they were seen as a burden on the family, as they were simply another mouth to feed for years, until they married off to another family....
...WinterWinter is my favorite season and I especially love cold winter nights. I find joy and comfort in wearing warm snuggly sweaters and cozy pajamas. I would rather be in a sweater and jeans than shorts and a tank top any day. For me, it is so much nicer to sit outside and watch the children play during the winter days than summer days. It seems as though during the summer I cannot be outside for twenty minutes without sweating or without my face turning bright red due to the hot sun beaming on my face. I love feeing the freezing air on my face and to see the smoke come from my mouth when I talk.
The one thing that is missing during Texas winter is snow. I remember back in the winter of 1985 when I was three years old, it snowed. I remember being at my grandparents’ house, we went outside early in the morning and started rolling up balls of snow to make a snowman. The snowman had dark brown rocks for buttons, a long ripe carrot for a nose, a brown scarf and my grandpas black cowboy hat. We made snow angels and had snow ball fights. When we were done playing and when our fingers and toes were numb from playing in the snow, we went inside to have some of my grandpas’ homemade hot chocolate. It felt good when we held the hot cups and the heat defrosted or finger tips. That was the one and only time I got to enjoy...
...Winter (/ˈwɪntər/) is the coldest season of the year in temperate climates, between autumn and spring. It is caused by the axis of the Earth in the respective hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather, but when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions,winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.
The tilt of the Earth's axis relative to its orbital plane plays a big role in the weather. The Earth is tilted at an angle of 23.44° to the plane of its orbit, and this causes different latitudes on the Earth to directly face the Sun as the Earth moves through its orbit. It is this variation that primarily brings about the seasons. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere faces the Sun more directly and thus experiences warmer temperatures than the Northern Hemisphere. Conversely, winter in the Southern Hemisphere occurs when the Northern hemisphere is tilted more toward the Sun. From the perspective of an observer on the Earth, the winter Sun has a lower maximum altitude in the sky than the...
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A winter storm is an event in which the dominant varieties of precipitation are forms that only occur at cold temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are cold enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain). In temperate continental climates, these storms are not necessarily restricted to the winter season, but may occur in the late autumn and early spring as well. Very rarely, they may form in summer, though it would have to be an abnormally cold summer, such as the summer of 1816 in the Northeast United States of America. In many locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the most powerful winter storms usually occur in March (such as the 1993 Superstorm) and, in regions where temperatures are cold enough, April.
Approaching winter storm in Salt Lake City.
Snowstorms are storms where large amounts of snow fall. Snow is less dense than liquid water, by a factor of approximately 10 at temperatures slightly below freezing, and even more at much colder temperatures. Therefore, an amount of water that would produce 0.8 in. (2 cm.) of rain could produce at least 8 in (20 cm) of snow. Two inches of snow (5 cm.) is enough to create...
...65th EASTERN SNOW CONFERENCE
Fairlee (Lake Morey), Vermont, USA 2008
Evaluation of Pixelbase and Subpixel Methods for Snow Cover
Studying in Regional Scale
SEPIDEH DADASHI, 1 ALI-AKBAR MATKAN, 2 PARVIZ ZIAIIAN, 3
AND DAVOOD ASHORLO 4
Monitoring snow cover changes are important to water resource researches because it supplies
electricity and freshwater. Although operational snow cover mapping by optical sensors has been
used for more than 4 decades in the world but In Iran, traditional data collection methods are still
common. Using these methods have a lot of problems. Usually the ground observation network is
not dense enough to provide required information - especially in rugged regions- and also
mountainous situation makes difficult accessible to ground stations.
In this research, Modis satellite images after changing their PDS format to L1B, used for snow
cover studying in Karaj and Latian Basins. These Basins that bounded between 51° 20' to 51° 36'
longitude and 35° 52' to 36° 11' latitude supply consumption water for capital city of Iran.
Two methods used in this research. NDSI used as a Pixel-base Method that determines snow/no
snow pixels and linear spectral unmixing algorithm used for Pixelbase method.
Results shows that subpixel method in comparison to NDSI – NDSI.0.4 that is proposed for
global scale monitoring- has better result but...
...There are six seasons in-a year. Winter is one of them. It is felt in India from the month of November till the end of February. It covers the two months named Pausha and Magha as per the Oriya Calendar. Normally, the days are short and nights are long in this season.
The winter scene is quite interesting. In the morning the sky remains foggy. There is also cold. Wind blows from the north. The sun appears very late in the morning. The sun light is also not hot. The weather is quite pleasant.
In any other season we become tired very soon if we do any work. But in winter we do not get tired easily. The village life is very dull in this season. Due to extreme cold people do not like to come out of their houses before sunrise. People often light fires both in the morning and in the evening and gather round the fires in order to get-warmth.
In town areas, cloth merchants display varieties of woolen clothes in their shops. People buy blankets, sweaters, mufflers, gloves, and monkey caps, etc. in order to protect their body from chilly winter. Although the rich can fight the cold in this season, the poor face enormous difficulty. They have no warm dresses. Their houses are also exposed to winter wind. So they suffer more than the rich.
Apart from it, we get varieties of vegetables, such as peas, brinjals, beans, cauliflowers and cabbages. Some fruits such as guavas and oranges are available in large...
...Analysing ‘The Snow Child’
‘Midwinter- invincible, immaculate’ the connotations of these 3 words are that the setting is perfect and unbeatable, the word invincible means too powerful to defeated or overcome this alludes the idea the Count is invincible portraying power and dominance over the Snow Child. The word immaculate portrays the Snow Child as pure, virginal and perfect. Carter begins the tale with these three verbs to display that not everything is as it seems, sometimes looks can be deceiving; she is also hinting at the fact that winter will never end and that the snow is harsh and cold. The other tales in the collection that make similar use of pathetic fallacy are ‘The Werewolf, The Company of Wolves and The Courtship of Mr. Lyon, The Erl- King and The Tiger’s Bride’.
The way of naming the characters ‘the Count and his wife’ suggest that the wife is merely and item of the Count’s, it suggest that the Count has superiority over his wife; it also shows the simple-ness within their relationship they are merely together out of duty rather than passion for each other.
The description of the Countess portrays her as callous, jealous and cold hearted, ‘dropped her glove…furs… diamond brooch’ portrays the Countess as rich, and dependent on the love between her and the Count and she is clearly money orientated with the ‘diamond brooch’. The Countess believes that the girl would...