The Science Of Snow Making

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in full flow I stumbled across this rather apt video from the The New York Times.

It never really occurred to me that there might not be enough snow for all the events to take place, I mean, after all, aren’t the host nations for the Winter Olympics picked because they are cold and snowy?

Turns out that more often than you’d think snow is made by machines as an addition to what is already made by nature.  The equivalent of a 2ft depth across 500 football fields to be more exact.  Quite the addition.

Machines make snow the same way nature does, by freezing water droplets. But they do it a few feet above the ground, rather than in the much colder conditions high in the atmosphere.

Via The Kids Should See This.


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