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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

Death of a snowflake

On the first day of spring for us in the Northern Hemisphere, check out this series taken yesterday of a snowflake, melting. Happy spring, everyone!

Phyllis Carlson captured this photo series yesterday (March 19), day before today’s equinox. She calls the series “Death of a Snowflake.” She wrote:

Nice snowflakes falling this morning and I was in the mood to take more pics. Unfortunately w/the temp hovering around 32 degrees they melted quickly on my work surface. So I decided to take a series of pics showing 1 snowflake as it melted away. Each pic was taken just seconds apart.

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Pic 1. Not a bad looking snowflake.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 1. Not a bad looking snowflake. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 2 still has a decent shape.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 2 still has a decent shape. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 3 losing some shape now.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 3 losing some shape now. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 4 shape still there but getting thin.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 4 shape still there but getting thin. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 5 barely any design left.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 5 barely any design left. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 6 can still tell it was a snowflake but not very pretty.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 6 can still tell it was a snowflake but not very pretty. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 7 the blob.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 7 the blob. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 8 the end! What a drip.  Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Pic 8 the end! What a drip. Photo by Phyllis Carlson.

Bottom line: On the first day of spring for us in the Northern Hemisphere, check out this series taken yesterday of a snowflake, melting. Happy spring, everyone!

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