The silence after snowfall.

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Why is it so quiet on the street after a snowfall?


Answer.

There are little gaps of air in between fresh snowflakes, thanks to which a snow absorbs or dampens sound just as thick carpet. Over time, the snow compacts and absorption of the sound in it weakens.

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2 thoughts on “The silence after snowfall.

  1. Since no one is answering I will make a wild guess.

    I think that the sounds are muffled after a snowfall for two reasons.

    First, snow is soft. It gives when sound strikes it, just as curtains or hangings in a room muffle the sound. So when the sound is reflected off the snow, it is less strong.

    Second, snow is not a smooth surface. When the sound hits the snow, it is sent off in different directions and dissipates its energy.

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