In the snow: new tool to advise New Zealanders of snow conditions

In the snow: new tool to advise New Zealanders of snow conditions

NIWA’s Snow and Ice Network (SIN) provides information on snowfall, depth of snowpack, snow melt and climate for ten alpine sites across New Zealand, including Mueller Hut above Mount Cook Village.

How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

“We can measure that distance of each individual photon traveling inside the snow,” says Hu, a researcher at NASA’s Langley Research Center.Just as an ant wanders around its underground colony, a photon shot from a space laser takes a random route through the snow.

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

For scientist Sophie Gilbert, who spent four recent summers tracking the movements of Sitka black-tailed deer in the Tongass National Forest in a project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that means notebooks with waterproof paper.

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Dr Lauren Vargo from Victoria University of Wellington says the retreat that we're seeing is due to the majority of New Zealand’s glaciers losing mass most years over the past decade.

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

And while extreme events will continue to happen with greater frequency, what will also start to become common are “episodic low- to no-snow” events, when at least half of a mountain basin experiences low snow or none for five consecutive years.

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Christchurch-based environmental monitoring technicians Alec Dempster and Pieter Havelaar got way off the beaten track this week, heading to a snow-covered Mt Potts for weather station servicing in clear blue skies and some of the deepest snow they’ve ever worked in.

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers.

How to See a Red Fox in Winter

How to See a Red Fox in Winter

© Steven Faiers/TNC Photo Contest 2018 A red fox on the hunt for voles in fresh snow is a spectacular winter sight – and one you can experience in many urban, suburban and rural areas of North America and Europe.

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

The researchers modeled how such winds could have built up snow above the tent, and how long it would have taken to reach a critical load that would cause the top slab to slip off the weaker layer below, now that its structural integrity was compromised by the cut.

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in the southwestern US, in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely related to the climate crisis.

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

In fact, several sites have recorded half their typical snow depth for this time of year.Overall, Drs Zammit and Conway say warmer winter temperatures in future are expected to cause more precipitation to fall as rain and not snow, especially at mid and low elevations.

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

Ricoh's latest entoughened camera has special modes for optimizing colorful foliage and pristine snowy vistas, but it loves getting up close too.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

The snowline survey began in 1977 and provides an incredibly valuable long-term record of how New Zealand’s glaciers have retreated over time due to climate change.

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 6, starting at 10.15am at which scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington will outline the initial findings of the annual end-of-summer snowline survey taking place on March 5.

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

These changes are the prelude to summer, when the ice undergoes another radical change: It begins to melt .The icebreaker Polarstern the morning after a crack cleaved the ice floe in two, sending some experiments into the water.

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Ensconced in the elements, Libbrecht scans his board with an archaeologist’s patience, looking for perfect snowflakes and other snow crystals.Now, Libbrecht’s work on snow has crystallized in a new model that attempts to explain why snowflakes and other snow crystals form the way they do.

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Photo © Ben Herndon Gliding down a forest trail, fresh snow falling as the sun sets, may be one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the great outdoors.Since grouse don’t dig their snow cave, you can’t really track the bird.

Melting Ski Resorts Have a Snow Machine Problem

Melting Ski Resorts Have a Snow Machine Problem

At one resort in the Swiss Alps, for example, snow depth during the winter is now roughly 40 percent lower on average than it was in the period from 1909 to 1988.More than 60 percent of the world’s ski slopes are currently supplemented by snowmaking machines, according to industry analyst Laurent Vanat.

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

It’s certainly possible for ordinary folk to help with collecting microplastic samples, as Airbnb intends participants to: Bergmann and her team had regular people living on a Norwegian archipelago pack up snow samples for a study themselves.

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

Only 5.5 percent of games released in the App Store this August were paid, versus nearly 25 percent that same month five years ago.And revenue from paid games made up only 1.4 percent of overall App Store game revenue last month.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

But for the former NSA contractor and many of his generation, that idea of the internet is a foundational myth, enshrined in Neal Stephenson novels and in “The Hacker Manifesto”—both of which Snowden describes reading as a teenager in a mononucleosis haze—and John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace ,” which he writes that he holds in his memory next to the preamble to the Constitution.

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer , the latest transplatform skipping stone, finally let folks on board at the a San Diego Comic-Con panel on the upcoming television series today—and from the look of things, it's drawing not just on its own previous iterations, but a few other genre properties as well.

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

Westworld , Star Trek: Picard , Watchmen , Snowpiercer , and so many more. For show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 3 is all about “The New World.” On Saturday, fans got a glimpse into what that new world was: a sleek, beautiful place that looks more threatening than any bleak future ever presented in science fiction.

What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over?

What Will Game of Thrones Mean When It's All Over?

Starting Sunday, HBO's Game of Thrones will air the first of six episodes that, to put it bluntly, will have to complete the story of dozens of hours of television spanning eight years. Game of Thrones ' Final Season Might Be .

Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much, Much Worse

Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much, Much Worse

Fueled by rapidly melting snowpack and a forecast of more rainstorms in the next few weeks, federal officials warn that 200 million people in 25 states face a risk through May. Floodwaters coursing through Nebraska have already forced tens of thousands of people to flee and have caused $1.3 billion in damage.

The Haunting of Hacker House

The Haunting of Hacker House

A year later, Operation Firewall ended up nabbing Shadowcrew, the notorious ring of hacker blackhats who stole over 40 million credit and debit card numbers from people like Paris Hilton.

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water Ismail Kaplan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images I guess it's a mixture of boredom from staying home in the super-cold weather and access to the internet that causes this problem.

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Hitting the Slopes? Here's Our Favorite Snow Gear

Buy Saxx Thermoflyte for $75 , Merino 250 Base Layers for $95 , and Terramar for $35+ Burton Burton Gore-Tex Gloves I’m not going to lie, I’ve never found a pair of gloves that I was 100 percent in love with.

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

As Snow Disappears, the Sierras and Rockies Are Shrinking

“For the future, that percentage will keep increasing,” says Zeng, who presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeAt the same time, the length of the snow season shrank by 34 days for the snowiest regions.