Freezing Rain

Freezing rain is formed by cold raindrops that freeze upon contacting the ground or any other surfaces, forming a thin layer of ice, as seen above  on a cherry branch, in a photo from this morning, taken in my garden in Southern Ontario.  This somewhat complicated phenomenon develops when falling snow crosses a layer of warm air, melting and becoming cold rain; if the rain then goes through another layer at sub-freezing temperatures, “supercooled” drops form, either freezing into ice pellets before hitting the ground, or as in the case of freezing rain, nucleating into ice once they make contact with surfaces such as the ground, benches, plants, etc.  Below, another two examples of freezing rain today in my backyard, left, on a sage plant, and right, on a rose bush:

I certainly never saw anything like this growing up in Mexico City!  We lost power for most of last night in my neighbourhood, so we had to be patient this morning getting everything back into gear (including ourselves).  Now the ice is melting, causing the air to feel damp and cold. I am thinking of concocting a nice pot of hot soup soon, with whatever is available in my kitchen, such as some delicious Tlalpan Style Soup (Caldo Tlalpeño, click here for full story and recipe):

I am joining Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge for February 23, 2023.

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