Pat Shingleton: "Stages of Snow and Weather Songs..."
On December 11, 2008, snowfall depths ranged from three to eight inches in the Baton Rouge area. Of course last Friday's snow event found depths ranging from 2 to 3 inches in Baton Rouge and higher coverage northwest of the city. Stages of snow begin eight miles above the earth where water vapor condenses and becomes liquid. As the droplets grow, ice crystals form around tiny particles floating in the atmosphere. The third stage identifies snow crystals depicting a six-sided molecular structure and depending upon the atmospheric temperature they take on different forms as plates, needles, dendrites and hollow columns and additional water vapor condenses onto the crystals and they enlarge. Increased weight causes the crystals to fall into warmer air forming larger flakes. In closing, the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' in the Wind" wasn't referring to dust, snow or rain but the answer. Let's jog your memory with these weather songs and symphonies. Name this Rolling Stones hit?: A. "Cry Like a Rainstorm" B. "Lighting Strikes" C. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" or D. "Get Off of My Cloud." "Get Off of My Cloud" was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt wrote "Cry Like a Rainstorm," Lou Christie wrote "Lightning Strikes" and Creedance Clearwater Revival wrote, "Have You Ever Seen Rain." Which of the following symphonies portrays a quiet countryside and thunderstorms? A. Haydn's 100th. B. Beethoven's 6th. C. Mozart's 40th or D. Dvorak's 9th. The answer to that one is "B." "Through early morning fog I see, visions of things to be, the pains that are withheld for me, I realize and I can see" comes from a popular television series - "M.A.S.H."
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