Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Freezing Rain

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_756

Freezing rain is a severe weather phenomenon that often occurs in early winter and early spring. In the northern hemisphere, when strong cold air from the north meets warm and humid air from the south, the cold air flows underneath the warm air, decreasing the temperature near the ground to below zero, while the warm and humid air is lifted to form precipitation. The supercooled raindrops fall to the ground and immediately form ice. Freezing rain can break power and telephone lines, delay traffic, and lead to problems with transportation, communications and building safety.

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