Something to Ponder -- "Does snow have a smell?" from KTVA

Credit: Randi Hausken from Bærum, Norway [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Even for those of us who have spent the majority of our lives playing in the snow, this might be something that we have not thought about much, if ever. Does the snow really have a smell?

A question that Jeremy Lagoo (@wxLaGoo), a meteorologist at KTVA 11 in Anchorage, AK has made an attempt in answering for us.

Does snow have a smell?

The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensations in your face and functions like chewing or biting, but it's also what lets you sense the cold air entering your body. Your brain groups the trigeminal nerve together with your olfactory system so when you breathe in the cold, wet air, your brain processes it as a unique smell.


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