Freezing rain

  • Freezing Rain
  • A freezing precipitation form where rain that falls in liquid form becomes supercooled and freezes upon impact with cold surfaces (at subfreezing temperatures) to form a coating of glaze upon the ground and exposed objects. 
Abstract from DBPedia
    Freezing rain is rain maintained at temperatures below freezing by the ambient air mass that causes freezing on contact with surfaces. Unlike a mixture of rain and snow or ice pellets, freezing rain is made entirely of liquid droplets. The raindrops become supercooled while passing through a sub-freezing layer of air hundreds of meters above the ground, and then freeze upon impact with any surface they encounter, including the ground, trees, electrical wires, aircraft, and automobiles. The resulting ice, called glaze ice, can accumulate to a thickness of several centimeters and cover all exposed surfaces. The METAR code for freezing rain is FZRA. A storm that produces a significant thickness of glaze ice from freezing rain is often referred to as an ice storm. Although these storms are not particularly violent, freezing rain is notorious for causing travel problems on roadways, breaking tree limbs, and downing power lines from the weight of accumulating ice. Downed power lines cause power outages in affected areas while accumulated ice can also pose significant overhead hazards. It is also known for being extremely dangerous to aircraft since the ice can effectively 'remould' the shape of the airfoil and flight control surfaces. (See atmospheric icing.)

    雨氷(うひょう、英: Freezing rain)は、0℃以下でも凍っていない過冷却状態の雨(着氷性の雨)が、地面や木などの物体に付着することをきっかけに凍って形成される硬く透明な氷のこと。着氷現象の一種でもある。


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