It’s a bright sunshiney day

December 30th, 2012 at 6:32 pm by under Weather

It was so great to see the sunshine across the Miami Valley today.  Even though temperatures were only in the middle 20′s and we had a bit of a breeze it felt a little better with the sun shining.  Did you notice it was a bit bright outside?

It might have been because we haven’t seen a mostly sunny day in a long time but it also has to do with our fresh snow cover.  Snow has a high albedo.  Albedo is the amount of solar energy reflected back to space.   For example if you were to stand on a black top surface in the summer you wouldn’t be able to stand on it very long because it’s hot!  That’s because it has a low albedo and doesn’t reflect the sun’s energy but rather absorbs it.  Snow on the other hand has the opposite effect.  It has a high albedo and reflects a lot of the sun’s energy back into space and makes itverybright for us.  Hopefully you were able to find your sunglasses.

The mostly sunny sky also gave us a great view of the current snow cover across the Midwest.  I was able to copy this image from the visible satellite image from earlier today.  The area I highlighted in red is not cloud cover but rather the snow pack.

With the bright sunny day many people got out and enjoyed the new snow.  Several of you sent in photos via our reportit site and we appreciate it!  Here are a few pictures – looks like a lot of snowmen were made!

Ernie Muller Beavercreek                                                    Jackie-Boyd-Troy

Mike Weaver Bath Township                                          Rocky Davis

I do need to make a correction to yesterday’s blog.  The National Weather Service said yesterday that we had a daily record snowfall – this is NOT correct.  Dayton did NOT set a daily snowfall record but we’re still above the snowfall we had last year.

If you want some more snow I have some good news for you.  A cold front moves through on Monday afternoon bringing us the chance for more snow.  It looks like the clouds thicken throughout the day on Monday with the snow beginning around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

The snow continues through early Tuesday morning.  Roads are going to be a bit slick with 1-2 inches likely.  Winds will also be a bit breezy so on some of those rural roads you may see some blowing and drifting snow.  Be careful!

Enjoy the last two days of 2012!

2 Responses to “It’s a bright sunshiney day”

  1. Lori Anthony says:

    Thanks Tara for the cool information. It’s about time we got some good old fashioned snow. This is what I remember as a kid. I love the snow!

  2. Sarah says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen “real” snow in December, I forgot how pretty Christmas lights look underneath it. My niece and nephew probably think I’m crazy, but I can’t stop looking outside and marveling over the snow on the ground. In the last few years, even when we had snow it seemed to disappear quickly. I am loving this!!!!!!!

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