Why are the snowflakes so much more resilient than the wind?
A new study shows that, on the whole, humans are much more susceptible to wind chill than snowflaking snowflake particles, the authors report.
The findings, published in the journal Climate Dynamics, also reveal a “predictable” climate change pattern, with colder regions experiencing more extreme winter weather, they said.
They found that the average number of days with snowflaky snowfall was 10 per year for the past two centuries, whereas the average time to freeze a day was 2.8 years.
“This is a surprise and a surprising finding,” lead author Dr. Marco Ricci, a meteorologist at the University of Bologna in Italy, said in a statement.
“The number of snowflakies has been increasing over the last few centuries, but it is not known whether the phenomenon is more persistent.”
This study found that humans are significantly more sensitive to cold temperatures than wind chill.
In terms of winter temperature extremes, the researchers found that for every 100 centigrade increase in wind chill, the average temperature in Europe rose by 0.3 degrees Celsius.
The coldest winter in Europe happened in the 19th century.
“It’s the opposite of the usual situation, where you have a few winters with really cold winters, and a few warm winters, with really warm winters,” Ricci said.
“And there is a predictable climate pattern.”
The authors noted that the findings suggest that “the climate system is adapting to climate change, and that this adaptation is not only beneficial for human health, but for the climate.”
“This study confirms that humans have an important role in the climate system,” said the study’s co-author Professor Carlo Di Pietro, a climate scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology.