Here is a different sort of quiz than my more typical questions on bird photo identification - weather photo identification! I was conducting a survey at Stratford Point last weekend as the snowstorm was entering the region. Precipitation began in the middle of the day and the types were extremely localized due to a myriad of reasons from the geography of New England to surface temperatures to wind direction to proximity to Long Island Sound to warmth aloft and so forth. Some areas saw rain during most of the daylight hours before accumulating snowfall later that night while others stayed nearly all snow during the entire event. My question to you is - what is this stuff?
That photo is on the steps to the porch at Stratford Point early that afternoon. The drops that you can see are the white things that have melted, and I want to know what that white stuff is. You can see the tops of the screws on the step that help to provide a sense of relative size. See what you can come up with! It is not as easy as it looks.
Photo by Scott Kruitbosch © Connecticut Audubon Society and not to be reproduced without explicit CAS permission