National Observatory: Water content in 'Medea' snow contributed to fall of trees

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National Observatory: Water content in 'Medea' snow contributed to fall of treesMt. Pendeli measurements (500 m above sea level) showed that in northern Attica ground-level temperatures were at most -5C in 2002, -10C in 2004, and -2.7C on Tuesday, February 16

The consistency of water in snow affects its weight and the snow that was dumped in Greece overnight on Monday, Feb. 15 was heavier, causing the collapse of more trees, analysis of the National Observatory of Athens' Meteo scientists said on Saturday, according to ANA.

The lightest snow of all, "fluffy" or "dry" snow, occurs when the temperatures reach much below zero degrees Celsius. It weighs 4 kg per square meter, Meteo noted. Regular snow, in slightly sub-zero temperatures, is triple this weight, at 12 kg/sq.m.

Weighing the heaviest is the snow brought by the "Medea" weather front, which was "wet". Temperatures near the ground reached zero degrees Celsius, the snow contained more water, and it was seven times heavier than fluffy snow, at 30 kg/sq.m, the analysis indicated. (All weight comparisons refer to snow 20 cm deep.)

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