Looking for a word accurately describing the sound of wet snow flakes (slowly) falling on snow? Here is an audio sample of a variation thereof(sound system warning: start with low gain or use headphones). Note this doesn't exhibit the same properties as sleet or small ice pellets falling, which is dryer and shorter a sound. I'm trying to make a sentence such as I'm listening to the ...ing sound of the snow falling... An adjective would also work.
Based on the audio sample, a few words jump to mind:
This is often used with raindrops, especially the slow sound of rain on the rooftop. You might also try pitter-pattering.
I'm not sure if it's just the audio sample, but it sounds very crunchy to me.
See my thoughts on crunching above. Also, like Rice Crispies: snap, crackle, pop.
"...the sound of the snow as it settles on the ground."
I listened to the audio clip and was quite surprised... hearing that without the context I never would have guessed it was snow.
Still, if you are game for personification, then I have three suggestions:
I'm listening to the whispering sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the murmur of falling snow.
I'm listening to the sigh of falling snow.
These three words evoke the quietude implied in the very act of listening to the snow fall.
How about "susurration" or, better yet, "susurrus"?
Susurration: a soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.
Susurrus: a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper. - TFD
The late lamented Harry Harrison coined a phrase for this in Bill, the Galactic Hero, in a rousing chorus sung by the deplanned (those who have lost their street plans):-
Stand together One and All
For Brothers Deplanned always shall
Unite and Fight to achieve the Right
That Might shall fail and Truth avail
So that we
who once were free
can someday be
Once more free to see the skies of blue Above
And hear the gentle pitty-pat
The title implies that more than one word may be acceptable... If so, I'd be tempted to go for crackling (as suggested already) but with a modifier in front that suggests the lighter snow qualities.
How about either:
The former is more ordinary. The latter may not be to all tastes, but seems to me more in line with the delicate nature of the sound.
- Effusing. Spreading out loosely.
- Sploshing. Scattering liquid.
- Dispersing. Vanish or disappear.
- Frittering. The sound of boiling oil.
Positive emotions may increase the atmosphere also:
It's possible to increase the value of ..ing word for example:
I'm listening to the constant ...ing sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the deep ...ing sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the endless ...ing sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the perpetual ...ing sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the incessant ...ing sound of the snow falling.
I'm listening to the continuous ...ing sound of the snow falling.
The hush of falling snow captures it for me.
What about a "gentle-harsh-whispering-liquid laughter?" This is not just a single adjective, as requested, but it gives the "feel" of what you want.
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