Rhymes of the rime frost

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The last couple of days, we’ve seen 2 of the very few frosty mornings we’ve had this winter; the piles of wet, drab-brown leaves at the roadside are transformed into intricate beauties.

P1100851I’ve recently learned the difference between hoar frost and rime frost – this is rime frost. Hoar frost is spikey, with long, pointed crystals, while this is not – more like large grains or crumbs. In the north of England, it’s apparently known as “snowcrumb”.

It’s easy to see why.

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