Have you ever heard something about a Red Show? Yes, the flaming Red hot snow? I myself was a little curios when I found out that there are a constant number of people who are searching and researching about Red Snow.
So, this Red Hot Snow post is all about that… Red snow. Now, I did a little Googling myself and found out that there are several stuffs that relate to this phenonmena known as Red Snow. Let’s Enumerate:
Wikipedia Red Snow – Wikipedia is probably the most credible article about Red Snow in the internet. It’s the first thing that show up when you do a quick search for one thing, and Wikipedia is the number one reference for other things for another.
Red Snow was a British thermonuclear weapon. Its physics package was apparently similar, if not identical, to that of the United States W28 nuclear warhead used in the B28 nuclear bomb and AGM-28 Hound Dog missile, with an explosive yield of approximately 1 megaton.
The Red Snow warhead was developed after a September 1958 decision to adopt the US warhead for British use, following the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement. It entered service in 1961, remaining in use until 1972, when it was replaced by the WE.177 bomb. Perhaps 150 were produced.
Red Snow was used as both a free-fall bomb and as the warhead of the Blue Steel missile. In the gravity bomb role, it was fitted into the casing of the Yellow Sun weapon, even though the Red Snow warhead was considerably smaller than that of the original Yellow Sun bomb.
Biological Red Snow – And of course, there’s also such a thing as a Green Snow but we’re here to talk about Red snow here, right? Of course.
Microbiologist Brian Duval hates this part, so let’s just deal with the snickering up front. Yes, he studies yellow snow.
See? There’s even a yellow snow!
Snow algae aren’t ice algae. Many of the ice species tolerate salt water and survive in solid ice packs at the poles. “They’re completely different species,” Duval says, sounding a little surprised that anyone would want to lump the groups together.
To find snow algae, look for serious snow, long lasting and several feet deep. William H. Thomas of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., goes to the high spots in Yosemite National Park and other snowfields at least 10,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades, and the Rocky Mountains. There, Thomas’ particular passion, watermelon snow, tinted mostly by Chlamydomonas nivalis, ripens around July in the same places year after year.
“The red snow gets all the publicity,” remarks Ronald W. Hoham of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. “I find the green and orange more interesting.”
Red snow From Britanica Encyclopedia – Here’s another one that is soo credible by their name alone.
Snow or ice surfaces, usually overlying soil on mountains, that are coloured by algae such as Chlamydomonas or Raphidonema. During seasons when there is little sunlight and temperatures are below the freezing point, the algae are dormant.
PS: And of course there are songs about “Red Snow” and there are tons of Lyrics about Red snow, including one from Psychostick.