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Why is it so bright at night when it snows?

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 11:00 PM

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Has anyone noticed that it's brighter at night when it snows?  The tiniest bit of light is 2X amplified and travels a longer distance.   You don't need a flashlight if you go tramping around in the snow at night unless your deep in the country with no lights but any nearby glow seems much brighter.

 

Is light deflected different?



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 11:02 PM

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Has anyone noticed that it's brighter at night when it snows? The tiniest bit of light is 2X amplified and travels a longer distance. You don't need a flashlight if you go tramping around in the snow at night unless your deep in the country with no lights but any nearby glow seems much brighter.

Is light deflected different?

I would think all that white snow reflects a lot of light. Making it brighter.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 11:27 PM

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Has anyone noticed that it's brighter at night when it snows? The tiniest bit of light is 2X amplified and travels a longer distance. You don't need a flashlight if you go tramping around in the snow at night unless your deep in the country with no lights but any nearby glow seems much brighter.

Is light deflected different?


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 12:04 AM

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When there is snow on the ground and on the trees the surface is brighter so what little light there is at night is preserved instead of being sucked into the normally darker surfaces.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:32 AM

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We had a blizzard in February of 2006, and I'll always remember it because it literally never got dark that night. Like, the only difference between midnight and the late afternoon was the color of the light. Such a weird feeling walking around at 2AM, snow ripping down, hearing nothing but the light pitter-patter of the big flakes hitting the ground, yet having it feel like it was 4pm with the bright orange-ish glow.

To this day, I can't figure out why that storm affected the light in the manner it did. No other blizzards in my lifetime have done anything like that.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:28 AM

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:46 AM

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We had a blizzard in February of 2006, and I'll always remember it because it literally never got dark that night. Like, the only difference between midnight and the late afternoon was the color of the light. Such a weird feeling walking around at 2AM, snow ripping down, hearing nothing but the light pitter-patter of the big flakes hitting the ground, yet having it feel like it was 4pm with the bright orange-ish glow.

To this day, I can't figure out why that storm affected the light in the manner it did. No other blizzards in my lifetime have done anything like that.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 01:57 PM

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I had the privilege to live near Lake Michigan and in New York City for several years. The silence of a deep snowfall, very peaceful. Night time light on snow cover during a full moon.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

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MDMA will do that.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:15 AM

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It is also bright at night here when it is overcast. All the city lights are reflected off the cloud ceiling.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:43 AM

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It is also bright at night here when it is overcast. All the city lights are reflected off the cloud ceiling.


Overcast is kind of like having a snow covered sky. 🤔

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Posted Yesterday, 03:48 AM

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When we had our last snow it was like day still going outside. No need for artificial light.  :)