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Snow On the Mind

A wet, heavy snowfall has me shoving. Once, twice, three times today alone, I’ve helped dig out my driveway. My muscles groan and I briefly consider making a few snow angels on the remaining area needing to be cleared and calling the job finished.

Don’t get me wrong I love snow, but I like it best when the white stuff falls gently like the glitter dust in a snow globe. I like to catch individual crystals on my glove and study the tiny artwork. When I gaze the little, intricate wonders, I’m inspired to learn more and to share what I’ve discovered.

  1. Every winter, one septillion or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 snow crystals fall.
  2. Why so many? Probably because it takes almost a million crystals to make a snowflake.
  3. Not only that, there are about 180 billion molecules of water in an average snowflake.
  4. Snow, like water, actually is clear and colorless, even though it looks white.
  5. Snowflakes always have six sides.
  6. People believe each snowflake is unique. I can’t dispute it.
    Yet there are some general rules to their creation. No. 1: When the temperature is close to freezing, snowflakes are larger and more complex.
  7. No. 2: When the temperature is very cold, well below freezing, flakes are needle- or rod-shaped and simpler in design.
  8. In 1951 the International Commission on Snow and Ice produced a fairly simple and widely used classification system for solid precipitation. This system defines the seven principal snow crystal types as plates, stellar crystals, columns, needles, spatial dendrites, capped columns, and irregular forms.
  9. Of course, snowflakes never fall singularly. Often they came in storms. The United States experiences an average of 105 snowstorms a year.
  10. The intensity of the storm determines its name. A snowstorm is a heavy snowfall.
  11.  A blizzard has wind and snow and obscures visibility. A snow shower, on the other hand, has intermittent precipitation. And, of course, flurries are the lightest and briefest snowfall.
  12.  When it snows, the reported average amount of snowfall per day is about two inches.
  13. And what about mountain snow? Well, in the western United States, it provides 75 percent of the water supplies there.


Do you like snow? Has it snowed yet in your hometown? Please let me know. Thanks.

Sources
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-fascinating-facts-about-snow.php
http://nsidc.org/snow/facts.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow
http://weather-facts.com/snowflakes-facts.php
http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class.htm

The snow pictures came from: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/ If you’re a fan of snow, you should consider checking out this site.

And if you’re a fan of inspiration and writing that follows your heart, check out the Thursday’s Children posts.

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Comments (35)

  1. Cool snow facts. I’m living near the home of the first man (Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley) to successfully photograph individual flakes, thus advancing our knowledge considerably.
    I did a Thursday 13 about him, including some original microphotographs, a couple years ago. You can see them HERE

  2. Oh, you had to go there with the snow. Madison received 6.2 inches between Tuesday night and Wednesday. We are currently at 54.2 inches for the season–about 17.5 above normal. Still, it’s a lot less than the 100+ we had during the 2007-08 season. May I never see that record broken! My T13

  3. Great info there. I tend to like snow when it first falls.

  4. Awesome post. I love all those states. I can’t even wrap my head around a septillion. A cotillion, maybe ;-) I live in Hong Kong now so unfortunately no snow here, but I used to live in Beijing and was there for the biggest snowstorm in 60 years. Wandering around the old hutongs (courtyard homes) covered in snow was truly magical. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jaye Robin Brown

    Oh yes, snow and more snow. Because I live in the mountains we end up with lots of snow days and school delays, which I love up to a point, but then get tired of. On a 3-hr delay today due to snow. Am still in bed blogging! So I guess it’s not all bad :0)

  6. I’m with you-I like the light, dry, snow-globe variety of snow. I just spent an hour shoveling slush. My back is killing me. I’m not feeling inspired by snow at the moment ;-)

  7. I’m crazy, but I love-love-LOVE snow! I never feel more content or serene than when the snow falls. I’m always filled with wonder when I watch it fall, or when I can enjoy a landscape covered in white.

    Of course, I don’t have to drive in it, so I enjoy it more than many people can. ;)

    Happy TT to you!

  8. Kimberly,
    I bet you get a lot of snow in Italy. What fun.

  9. I love snow, but I’ll be honest, I prefer that it show up between say Thanksgiving and Valentine’s day. After that, I’m pretty much done. Actually, my biggest problem is driving in it, but I do love watching it fall and seeing it on the trees. There’s something so magical about it!

  10. oh, that’s what a snow shower is. I assumed it was a mix of snow and rain.

  11. I love snow as long as I’m only visiting it, when it falls during Christmas, or if I’m writing about it, lol! Cool facts about it though!! :)

  12. I LOVE the snow! I grew up in Texas and now live in Colorado, so I’m like a kid each time it snows. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing those magical flakes fall and collect on the ground.

  13. Ahhhh snow. Something we rarely ever see here in the south. *sigh* My poor children won’t have any snow stories to tell their children when they get older. LOL. I wish I could take some of it off your hands.

  14. We love snow and we get a lot where we live in Northern Alberta. Unfortunately the snow here is very dry and not good for making snowmen. We make a lot of snowangels though.

  15. The snowflake reminds me of Breaking Dawn II. Glad to learn something new – flurries. Thanks.

  16. We’ve had a couple of snows, one amounted to about 7 inches. However, none have stuck around more than a day. We’ve had real yo-yo weather this year in Virginia.

  17. Seven inches is a lot of snow and yet it melted in a day? Wow, that is yo-yo weather. Hmm.

  18. Interesting facts. I don’t like snow. Yes, it snowed here in Southern Virginia, but it did not last. Thank goodness. Thanks for sharing.

    The Food Temptress

  19. Hehe. I live in Toronto, Canada, and this winter has been unusually snow-filled :) Luckily I’m in an apartment so I don’t have to shovel, BUT I do have a great, 22nd floor view of the park, which looks extra-beautiful with a fresh carpet of snow!

    Snow = inspiring
    Blizzards = not so much!

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Great snowflake facts, Mia! I’ll trade you some snow for some Oregon rain…

  21. Noelle,
    Thanks for the invite–I’ll go visit.