Winter Connection #1 – All about Winter and Ice

This first week of true winter – between the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year, symbolized true winter to me. The nights are loooong, too little time between dawn and dusk, but that winter world is full of activity.

The birds flutter about, their wings puffed out for insulation against the cold, always searching for a seed or tidbit to fill their tiny bellies and keep that tiny heart pumping for warmth.

The sun, through south windows, is low and bright — inviting. And the night stars twinkle brighter than any other time of the year. This Friday is a full moon, and we can expect a bright night sky for anyone interested in a cold winter walk. No telling what – or who – you might see out and about!

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In northeastern Oklahoma, we dodged the ice bullet this week. Other places weren’t so lucky. Here are some facts about ICE.

IceCloud. In winter, low temperatures and water vapor in the usually cloudless stratosphere trigger the formation of ice clouds.

SeaIce is formed from ocean water that freezes.

FastIce is sea ice that has frozen along the coast and extends out from land.

PackIce is formed of consolidated, floating sea ice chunks.

IceFloe is a floating chunk of sea ice less than 6 miles across

IceField is a floating chunk of sea ice more than 6 miles across.

WaterFreeze. Shallow areas of a body of water freeze before deeper areas. The deeper the water, the longer it takes to change its temperature. Water reaches its densest state at 39 degrees F.

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This Friday watch for information about what’s happening in the winter night sky!

Today’s information is taken from the Chris Hardman’s Ecological calendar.  www.ecocalender.info

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