What snow does to us · Dlf Nova

For many of us, snow is a terrific natural phenomenon. He can calm us down, but also learn to fear. In this issue of Ab21 we talk about its many sides and how it affects us.

“I like to expose myself to nature and test my limits. That gives me independence.”

Deutschlandfunk-Nova reporter Anastasija on overnight stays in the snow

Cold nights with clear air, an idyllic, snow-covered landscape and wonderful silence: For Deutschlandfunk-Nova reporter Anastasija, an overnight stay in the snow is the perfect break from everyday life. If she only sleeps in the mountains with a sleeping mat and sleeping bag, then she can concentrate on the essentials, she explains. In the podcast she reveals what we have to look out for on such an adventure.

How we live with the snow

“There used to be more snow” – that’s what many of us think and that’s also a sentence that our parents or grandparents like to say. Verena Leyendecker is a meteorologist and explains that this is not just a perceived truth.

“In Berlin, for example, there have been around ten fewer days of snow in the past 30 years than in the previous 30 years.”

Meteorologist Verena Leyendecker on snow days

Matthias grew up with snow. As a small child, he always skied in his home town, Styria in Austria, whenever possible. What fascinates him most about the snow are the reduced colors and the calm. For Matthias, snow is not only magical when it is lit up by the sun and glitters.

“I can also have wonderful experiences in the deepest snow storm at minus 15 degrees.”

Matthias on beautiful snow experiences

The geographer Laura Schmidt spent last summer on the largest polar expedition of all time on a research ship in the Arctic. While the weather was bathing in Germany, she helped to collect huge amounts of data on climate change for three months at temperatures around zero degrees. As the person responsible for logistics and security, she spent several hours in the snow with binoculars to protect polar bears and keep them away from the researchers. In the podcast she tells how it was and what the snow and cold feel like in the arctic summer.

“It was already cold, but I know it from the Alps.”

Laura Schmidt on the arctic summers

  • A Average flake has a diameter of around five millimeters and weighs 0.004 grams Guinness Book According to the records, the largest snowflake ever observed had a diameter of 38 centimeters. The world record snowflake was discovered in Montana, USA, in 1887.
  • Snowflakes may scream – when they fall into the water. According to some researchers, the reason for this is that small air bubbles are trapped in the flakes, which produce a sound. With a frequency of 50 to 200 kilohertz, however, it is so high that people cannot hear it. Other researchers reject this Death scream theory however, with snowflakes.
  • The temperature determines that Appearance of the snow crystals. The colder it is, the simpler the shape of the flakes. Star-shaped crystals need a little more heat.
  • Inuit have innumerable words for snow … – that is a common misconception. It originated in 1911, when the ethnologist and linguist Franz Boas reported about four terms for snow. Over the past century, the number of supposed words has increased steadily.

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