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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Where are the rainbows in the snowing sunshine?

Maybe it's due to the fact that the snow is accompanied by many clouds, but I can't recall ever seeing rainbows when it was snowing and the sun was visible.

Got into this conversation yesterday while it was, um, not happening again.

Experiences? Thoughts?


Oh, and I had a blast on my second day with the Greg Maxwell Hatchet!
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rainbows arent present in snow because it doesnt refract light the same way raindrops do. rain drops have pyramid-like structure and refract light as a rainbow. snow has numerouse geometric patterns that have conflicting refraction patterns, thus no rainbow.

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rainbows arent present in snow because it doesnt refract light the same way raindrops do. rain drops have pyramid-like structure and refract light as a rainbow. snow has numerouse geometric patterns that have conflicting refraction patterns, thus no rainbow.
Yeah, I basically said that it seems like it's because water allows light to pass through in the conversation.

But mainly, I just wanted to talk about snowfall while the sun is shining. One of the most beautiful things ever.

The wind was ugly yesterday though... very ugly... 80-100 mph gusts.
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ouch. reminds me of my first trip up this season. mountain virtually disappeared from under my feet it was so windy. i went to breck the day after thanksgiving. and yes snowfall while the sun is out is gorgeous. like lots of diamonds falling to earth hahaa.

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yeah tomtom basically said it, different wavelengths (colors) of light refract at different angles, so when light passes through raindrops the colors separate.

i like when it's snowing when the sun is out. but i don't like when it's sunny with just snow on the ground, i'd prefer it to be cloudy.
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Dude, the wind had me at a diagonal of 45 degrees on the lift one time yesterday... not cool... cold in fact.

It blew me so hard on the board one time that it turned me in a little bumpy area, causing me to snag a rail and slamming me on my ass... hard.

Yeah, I liked it much more when the wind would blow away the clouds, chill, then show me the sunshine through the snowfall.
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