Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 2016
15 Interesting Facts All About Snow
Nothing is better than sipping on your hot chocolate while staring out the window at the fresh snow covering your lawn. There’s so much going on with snow that you probably don’t think about daily, but there are actually some amazing facts about snow that you might enjoy. There’s always time to know a little more, so to help you with that, we’re sharing our 10 favorite facts about snow with you!
Fact #1: It’s a myth that no two snowflakes are exactly the same. In 1988, a scientist found two identical snow crystals in Wisconsin.
Fact #2: One snowstorm can carry as much energy as 120 atomic bombs.
Fact #3: Snow is not white, it’s translucent. Like the ice particles it’s made of, it is actually colorless. Light doesn’t pass through it easily, but it is reflected off its surface, which creates the white appearance.
Fact #4: People buy more cakes, cookies, and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.
Fact #5: There is a naturally occurring phenomenon called “snow doughnuts.” This occurs when a small amount of moist and sticky snow is picked up by the wind. The snow begins rolling, collecting more snow, and eventually becomes cylindrical in shape.
Fact #6: Snow is an amazing sound absorber. When there is a thick layer of fluffy snow, sound waves more easily absorb into it, which reduces noise.
Fact #7: About 12% of Earth’s land surface is covered in snow and ice.
Fact #8: Watermelon snow is a real thing, and you should not eat it. Also known as “snow algae” or “pink snow,” this colorful creation is formed by Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae that thrives in freezing water. In addition to chlorophyll, this algae contains a secondary carotenoid pigment that turns the snow pink. It is also rumored to smell slightly sweet, a bit like watermelon.
Fact #9: Each winter, at least 1 septillion snow crystals fall from the sky. That’s 24 zeroes!
Fact #10: Freshly fallen snow is typically 90 to 95-percent air, which is why it makes such a great thermal insulator. This is why igloos can be more than 100 degrees warmer inside than outside, and why most animals dig deep holes in the snow to hibernate through the winter.
Fact #11: The largest snowflake might have been 15 inches wide! According to some sources, the largest snowflakes ever observed fell during a snowstorm in January 1887 at Montana’s Fort Keogh. While witnesses said the flakes were “larger than milk pans,” these claims have not be substantiated, but we like to believe it’s absolutely possible and true.
Fact #12: The largest snowman is actually a snow-woman. She was built in Maine in the winter of 2008, and stood 122 feet tall.
Fact #13: At the center of almost every snow crystal is a tiny mote of dust, which can be anything from volcanic ash to a particle from outer space.
Fact #14: Snow is a mineral, just like diamonds or salt. It is made up of frozen water or ice, therefore it can be classified as a mineral.
Fact #15: Ten inches of snow melts down to only one inch of water.