General KnOWLedge At Home: If hot air rises…

We answer how snow stays on the peaks of mountains even though hot air rises
hot air rises


Hot air rises.

Not only is this phrase a classic nugget of everyday wisdom, it's also true!

Warmer air does indeed rise above colder air. It's why so many upstairs rooms can be rather uncomfortable in the summertime, for example (while the basement remains a great place to hide out).

But if this is true, why are so many really high places actually quite cold? And why is there snow on the tops of mountains? With all of that rising hot air, shouldn't everything up there be as snug as a bug in a rug?

Heat and pressure

To answer why mountains are covered in snow and not snug rug bugs, we're bringing you another episode of OWLconnected's General KnOWLedge At Home! Are you ready to see what happens when heat rises into areas of less and less pressure?

Then press play on the video below!


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