snow line


Definition of snow line 

: the lower margin of a perennial snowfield

Examples of snow line in a Sentence

climbing above the snow line

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Modeling has suggested that the location of the snow line may be the most efficient location to form a planet, which might then migrate elsewhere in the exosolar system in response to its interactions with the disk. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sun’s closest solo star may have company," 14 Nov. 2018 At the same time, the rain-snow line will be chugging north so that some areas, especially those from the District south and east, switch back to rain and sleet after a burst of snow. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain and snow arrive this afternoon; some accumulation possible into tonight," 17 Feb. 2018 The rain-snow line would set up near the Interstate 95 corridor, and the precipitation could alternate among snow, sleet and rain. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Mid-Atlantic storminess is likely next Tuesday and Wednesday: Meaningful snow in question," 16 Mar. 2018 If the precipitation is light, the air might warm enough to push the rain-snow line north and west. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Mid-Atlantic storminess is likely next Tuesday and Wednesday: Meaningful snow in question," 16 Mar. 2018 The rain-snow line is a bit of a moving target, which makes the forecast especially challenging. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Wintry mix likely Saturday night with best chance of snowfall north of D.C.," 15 Feb. 2018 The snow line seems to be at an elevation of roughly 7,000 feet. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "NorCal lakes heat up for boating, fishing, camping," 6 May 2018 Some evergreens may be green below the snow line, with the foliage above completely killed. Tim Johnson,, "Why are my evergreens turning brown?," 20 Mar. 2018 Turkeys tend to congregate at lower elevations during spring, often near agriculture lands, and follow the snow line up as spring progresses. Roger Phillips, idahostatesman, "Turkey season is here; time to head out of town | Idaho Statesman," 10 Apr. 2018

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circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snow line

: an imaginary line on a mountain that marks the height above which snow does not completely melt

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