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Fun Snow Facts and Trivia!

For some areas, it’s time to break out the snow shovel. Here are a few facts to think about when you clear the driveway.

How much do you know about snow? Here are some fun facts:

Snow Facts

  • Snow is formed from water vapors in the cold clouds that have condensed into ice crystals.
  • Ice crystals fasten onto a dust speck. One crystal attaches to another forming a snowflake. Once the snowflake is heavy enough, it falls from the cloud.
  • A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or many crystals.
  • The size of a snowflake is determined by how many ice crystals join together.
  • The tops of clouds must be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius in order for snowfall to occur.
  • Snow can fall from any layered cloud that is cold enough.
  • Snow accumulated on the ground helps keep bulbs and plant roots (beneath the ground) from freezing in frigid weather.

Snow Trivia

  • The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass, Washington. Each year it has an average snowfall of 430 inches!
  • The largest snowflake recorded fell in 1887 in Montana. It was 15” in diameter.
  • Every snowflake has six sides or points, yet no two snowflakes are ever the same in design.
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Kristen Hewitt

After graduating from Bates College in 2009, Kristen attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she works at Orion magazine."

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