today i learned – fri 2nd mar 2018

i don’t know about you guys, but i’m far too cold for life at the moment 😨

people of the uk may have heard the weather forecast talk of ‘freezing rain’ today … but what is it?!

#tdil what freezing rain is and how it forms 🌧

people of the wider world may not actually think the uk’s current situation is really all that bad 🙈 … but honestly, for us poor brits, this is what we like to call ‘baltic’ ❄️

today (and possibly for the next few days) the sub-zero conditions have caused a phenomenon called ‘freezing rain’ … something that is more fascinating than it sounds.

it happens when extremely cold air meets a slightly warmer weather front (such as a storm). the mixture of weather means that rain falls from the heavens but passes through a small zone of freezing temperatures.

whilst the name suggests that the rain is frozen and actually creates thoughts of hail like goodness … it isn’t as straight forward as you may think.

you see, despite being below zero degrees, freezing rain isn’t actually frozen as it falls! like, due to the temperature the rain drop should be frozen but it isn’t … instead it’s just supercooled liquid.

it actually can’t freeze because it is travelling too quickly as it flies towards earth 💧 the consequence of this is rain that should be frozen but is forced to continue as water.

this all changes once the raindrop hits the ground – as soon as it makes contact with a a surface, it instantly freezes! it sounds like something out of a movie 🙈

you could actually refer to it as ready-mix ice 😂 like, instead of water sitting around and freezing later, this just freezes the second it arrives at its destination 👍🏻

of course, that’s not really a good thing … it basically means that roads become instant ice rinks. if too much lands, the weight of it can also cause problems to power lines etc 🤷🏻‍♂️

right, this has ended up longer than i had intended 🙈 hopefully you found it interesting 😁

be careful out there guys!! 😨😘

laterz 😍 #tdil

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