Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Weather-Related

So it looks as if we're in for some winter weather--expect the grocery stores to be out of bread and milk. Here's the warning:

AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THE GREATEST CONCERN WILL BE THE THREAT OF SLEET MIXING WITH THE RAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING....A FEW LOCATIONS MAY EXPERIENCE SOME FREEZING RAIN...MAINLY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Okay, I'm a weather dunce. Could someone please explain the difference between sleet and freezing rain?

My prediction for tomorrow: lots of school and business cancellations and roads that are wet with snow ice sleet freezing rain water.

3 comments:

brendan said...

Sleet is rain mixed with snow -- think of a Slurpee -- that's sleet. Except sleet doesn't taste good.

Freezing rain is a sheet of ice that covers the road & causes TV reporters to make complete asses of themselves.

Charlie said...

Yeah, that's pretty much right. Think of sleet as rain that falls through just-below-freezing air, and turns into ice or partial ice on its way down. It hurts when it hits your face, 'cause it's basically little ice pellets.

Freezing rain is rain. The air isn't cold enough to freeze it. But the ground is cold enough that when the rain hits, it turns to ice.

Up here in our neck o' the woods, we get a lot of both. But we did just get almost a foot of actual snow, so maybe it will hang around for another 2 weeks.... I don't think it's supposed to get much above 30 degrees for some time.

Rational Jenn said...

Thanks! I think I get it now. Sleet = freezing in the air. Freezing Rain = freezing on the ground.

We usually don't have to deal too much with this kind of stuff, maybe once a year, but it's both hilarious and perilous when we do! Despite the Atlanta population consisting of about half non-native-Southerners, nobody can drive on anything the least bit slick. It's best to stay indoors and laugh and point from a safe place.

Charlie, I hope your snow sticks around a bit, for the next 10-14 days! Because real snow is actually fun--a few days out of the year!