Does snow change how sound waves travel

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Yes, when the ground has a thick layer of fresh, fluffy snow, sound waves are readily absorbed at the surface of the snow. However, the snow surface can become smooth and hard as it ages or if there have been strong winds. Then the snow surface will actually help reflect sound waves. Sounds may seem clearer and travel farther under these circumstances.


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or see Snow and Weather Glossary

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1. National Snow and Ice Data Center [1]


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