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My daily picture – The land of ice

Last night’s ice rain turned Bucharest into an ice  land. 

Freezing rain develops when falling snow encounters a layer of warm air aloft,  causing the snow to melt and become rain. As the rain continues to fall, it passes through a layer of subfreezing air just above the surface and cools to a temperature below freezing. If this layer of subfreezing air is sufficiently deep, the raindrops may have time to freeze into ice pellets (sleet) before reaching the ground. However, if the subfreezing layer of air at the surface is very shallow, the rain drops falling through it will not have time to freeze and they will hit the ground as supercooled rain. When these supercooled drops make contact with the ground, power lines, tree branches, aircraft, or anything else below 0 °C,  a portion of the drops instantly freezes, forming a thin film of ice, hence freezing rain.

If the phenomenon is a delight for photographers, it is a great danger for pedestrians and drivers.

Photos taken today in Circus Park from Bucharest.

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Written by Ileana Calotescu

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