Interesting Facts About Snow: What Do You Know About Two Snowflakes?

Snow is one of the most attractive weather displays, and it’s also one of the most amazing phenomena. Snow is a form of precipitation which either falls to the earth as granular ice particles or as flakes, and it can range from fluffy and soft to more dense and firm.
Snow forms as a result of cloud droplets that freezes in the atmosphere and these ice crystals eventually gather to form a snowflake. If it snows heavily and the wind exceeds 56 kilometers per hour (35 mph), the phenomena is known as a blizzard. When it snows heavily, the phenomena is known as a snow storm.
Snowfall refers to the process of precipitating snow. Snowfall tends to form within the areas of upward air movement around a type of low-pressure system called an extratropical cyclone.
Snow can also fall poleward of the associated warm fronts of these systems and within their comma head precipitation patterns. Several winter sports, such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and skiing depends on snow. In a place where snow is scarce but the temperature is very low, snow cannons may be used to generate sufficient amount for organizing such sports.
Children and adults can ride in a sleigh or play on a sled. While the footsteps of a person remain a visible lifeline in a snow-covered landscape, snow cover is regarded a general risk to hiking because the snow always obscures the landmarks and thus, making the landscape itself look uniform. Now, let’s look at some more interesting facts about snow.
1. A popular myth exists that no two snowflakes are similar. This hasn’t been proven scientifically. In 1988, a scientist discovered two identical snowflakes in Wisconsin.
2. Colorado holds the record for the most snow to fall in a calendar day. On Dec. 4, 1913, 63 inches (160 centimeters) of snow fell on Georgetown, Colorado.
3. A massive snowstorm isn’t necessarily a blizzard. To be classified as a blizzard the snow must minimize visibility for at least 3 hours to less than a quarter mile. Also, it must have winds which are at least 35 miles per hour.
4. Snow is not actually white. Although snowflakes appear white as they pile up on the ground as snowfall or as they fall through the sky, they’re in fact entirely clear. However, the ice isn’t transparent like a sheet of glass, but rather it is translucent meaning light passes through indirectly.
Many sides of ice crystals aid diffuse reflection of the entire light spectrum that results in snowflakes that appear to be white in color.
5. The biggest snowball fight happened in Seattle at Seattle Center on January 12th, 2013. 5,834 people took part with at least every participant throwing one snowball. The fun was for a good reason; all proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Seattle.
6. Dutch daredevil Wim Hof is the world record holder for running the fastest half marathon barefooted on ice and snow. He finished the marathon in 2 hours 16 minutes 34 seconds near Oulu, Finland. Hof’s exceptional abilities to endure freezing temperatures, harsh winds, snow, and ice won him the nickname ‘Ice Man.’
Wim Hof also earned another Guinness World Record by bravely swimming 80 meters below the North Pole ice.
7. Watermelon snow is toxic. In the Canadian Rockies, a type of algae known as watermelon algae usually grows on the snow, turning it a reddish hue. Patches of the pink snow which smell like watermelon are very dangerous. You should not be putting toxic algae in your mouth.
8. In 2008, 600 sculptors from forty countries around the world created the biggest snow sculpture ever built. The sculpture was built in China. It was 656 feet long and115 feet tall.

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