That year the winter was hard, this year’s winter mild by comparison, but I am older now. The snow outside does not look so soft.
Formation – snow forms when water vapour or super-cooled water droplets in a cloud freeze on minute particles in the atmosphere (called condensation nuclei), creating ice crystals. As the ice crystals are swept through the cloud, water vapour freezes (sublimates) on them, creating snow crystals. Depending on the temperature and moisture conditions, the snow crystals continue to grow from one or more of 3 mechanisms: sublimation to form larger snow crystals, riming (the direct freezing of super cooled water) to form rimed snow crystals, or collision with other snow crystals to form snowflakes. Because of these different growth mechanisms, snow can actually consist of 3 elements: snow crystals, rimed snow crystals and snowflakes, as well as fragments of any of these.
words grow in the snow –
some rimed in the memory,
collided, stuck, cold.