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When the wind is blowing at 15-18 knots, we start getting a phenomena called drifting snow. The wind picks up snow particles and moves them just over the surface - generally at the hight less than 2 meters. When backlit by the Sun, it creates beautiful moving patterns on the snow surface, not dissimilar to a wide and very shallow river flow. In the picture, the MF Radar caboose the radar antennae strung between telegraph poles in the background, with snow drifts flowing around sastrugi in the foreground.
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When the wind is blowing at 15-18 knots, we start getting a phenomena called drifting snow.  The wind picks up snow particles and moves them just over the surface - generally at the hight less than 2 meters. When backlit by the Sun, it creates beautiful moving patterns on the snow surface, not dissimilar to a wide and very shallow river flow. In the picture, the MF Radar caboose the radar antennae strung between telegraph poles in the background, with snow drifts flowing around sastrugi in the foreground.