Mathematical Description of the Shape of Plane Hexagonal Snow Crystals

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  • 1 Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 53706
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Abstract

Simple mathematical expressions are presented for describing the shapes of some plane hexagonal snow crystals. These expressions provide convenient means for cloud physical calculations and can also serve as a method for quantitative classification of snow crystal shapes. A few examples am worked out to illustrate the use of these expressions. They can be further developed for describing more complicated shapes.

Abstract

Simple mathematical expressions are presented for describing the shapes of some plane hexagonal snow crystals. These expressions provide convenient means for cloud physical calculations and can also serve as a method for quantitative classification of snow crystal shapes. A few examples am worked out to illustrate the use of these expressions. They can be further developed for describing more complicated shapes.

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