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Glazed Frost

Nature volume 88, pages 516517 (15 February 1912) | Download Citation



REFERRING to the letters of Mr. Charles Harding and Prof. Meldola on the phenomenon of freezing rain, I remember the occasion referred to; it was on January 11, 1868, when trees were covered with ice by rain which froze instantly on touching a solid object. In driving through Richmond Park I noticed the branches bending under a weight of clear ice, and, what was even more remarkable, the windows of my cab becoming thickened by a layer of ice while the temperature was just at the freezing point. Rain had been falling continuously until the afternoon, when the drops began to solidify on contact. From roofs and gates long icicles were formed, increasing in size; the grass was sheeted with ice, although the ground had not been chilled by frost.

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