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Credit: E. Wiebe

Snow melts first on surfaces that conduct heat faster and absorb more solar radiation. In this case the stones making up the path have more energy available to melt the snow than the surrounding grass and soil. This early morning snowfall accumulated quickly on ground that was still relatively warm. All of it had melted by late afternoon of the same day. This is typical of snowfalls in Victoria.

UVic / SEOS / Climate Group / About Front Page Picture / Melting snow. Last updated: Thursday, 04-Dec-2008 10:11:32 PST
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