Snow, in and of itself, seems to be either adored … or loathed. It all depends on perspective, doesn’t it? When one mentions the uniqueness of a single precious snowflake, even the most aggressive haters of snow may cave. There is just something about catching a flake on your tongue, holding your head to the sky embracing an inner youthfulness that is unexplainable. When the first flakes of the season fall, a calm quiet fills the soul (especially if there is a hot cup of cocoa involved).
Here is an exploration of five crazy snow facts:
- Snowflakes can have an identical twin!
- Although it is highly unlikely, due to all of the independent weather components involved in forming snowflakes, two identical flakes were found in a Wisconsin snowstorm in 1988.
- The largest snowflakes may have been as big as pie pans.
- The report goes on as unsubstantiated; however, there are reports of snowflakes as big as 15 inches in 1887 in Montana.
- A city council once declared snow to be illegal.
- It’s true! Syracuse, New York attempted this very action in 1992. Nature broke the law with a snowstorm two days after the legislation went into place.
- Animals that create an airtight den out of snow are warmer than the average bear.
- Snow is a great insulator, having the ability to hold heat in … even to the point of being 100 degrees warmer than the temperature surrounding the den.
- The most snow angels ever made simultaneously: 8,962.
- Seriously, who counts these things? Someone did in 2007 in Bismarck, North Dakota. However, the record for the most snow angels ever made simultaneously in multiple locations goes to Nova Scotia with 22,022. In 2011, residents in 130 separate locations participated. Do you feel inspired to try to beat this record come next snowfall?
Looking at things with a different perspective can help open the mind for a new appreciation of things. Yes, that does include the wonders of winter weather. When the first snowfall of 2019 arrives, have these thoughts in mind when catching a snowflake on your tongue.
Nature Interpreter, East Region