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Can moonlight melt snow?

What I mean is, Is there any circumstance in which outside factors, such as air and surface temps, etc. are not QUITE enough to melt snow, but the addition of moonlight  is the deciding factor?


The reflected light from the moon

4 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes... but!

    You'd have to concentrate it to have any measurable effect

  • 2 months ago

    No, moonlight cannot melt snow. The heat effect from the moon is less than 0.001 C. Your body heat at a distance of 15 feet has more effect than that! The normal variations from one patch of snow, to another patch just a foot away, is much more that that.

    What you might notice, is that places where snow is exposed to moonlight are also exposed to to the sky and wind. Places where the snow is not exposed to moonlight tend to be places that are in the thermal shadow of trees, big rocks, hills, and buildings. These factors have MUCH more effect than if there is moonlight or not.

  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Moonlight doesn't generate heat.

  • GF
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The moon doesn't make light you know. It looks like it lights up by itself, but it doesn't. That's the sun lighting up the moon from the other side of earth.

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