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Capturing snowflakes isn't as easy as sticking out your tongue.It also could provide additional information on the snow that falls into New York's City's upstate watershed, flows into reservoirs and fills the faucets of some 9 million people.Postdoctoral researcher Patrick Alexander trudged though the snow with a wand attached to a backpack spectrometer that measured how much sunlight the snow on the ground is reflecting – a factor determining how fast it will melt.Tedesco grew up in southern Italy near Naples and never even saw snow until he was 6 years old.It tends to be moister than the powdery snow that falls in higher elevation in the West.Tedesco hopes that a cadre of committed volunteers in the Catskills and the New York City area can take snowflake and snow depth samples next winter.
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