Why do snowy winters seem peaceful? According to David Herrin, an associate professor in the UK College of Engineering who studies acoustics, snow is capable of absorbing sound just like any commercial sound absorbing materials. The porosity of snow and its low density enables it to soak noise. Herrin says, “In the audible range, a couple inches of snow is roughly around 0.6 or 60 percent absorbing on average.” This is also the reason why snowflakes do not make an impact sound when they hit the ground compared to rain drops.
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