Falling Snowflakes Melting Simulation

  • Released Thursday, March 29th, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 at 12:11AM
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These simulated melting snowflakes were based on a smoothed particle hydrodynamics model. Scientists are interested in understanding the microphysics of such events to help improve remote sensing of melting layer precipitation.

Print resolution image of a cluster of snowflakes still in their frozen state.

Print resolution image of a cluster of snowflakes still in their frozen state.

Print resolution image of a cluster of tumbling snowflakes as water droplets begin to form on their tips.

Print resolution image of a cluster of tumbling snowflakes as water droplets begin to form on their tips.

Print resolution image of a tumbling snowflake cluster as more of the frozen snowflake structure liquifies.

Print resolution image of a tumbling snowflake cluster as more of the frozen snowflake structure liquifies.

Print resolution image of a few remaining snowflakes nearly encompassed by liquid water.

Print resolution image of a few remaining snowflakes nearly encompassed by liquid water.

Print resolution image of the water droplets almost completely formed, with only a few remaining frozen structures left.

Print resolution image of the water droplets almost completely formed, with only a few remaining frozen structures left.

Print resolution image of the fully liquified water droplets.

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