Those of us living in cold countries know that when fall comes, sooner or later snow will follow. It is inevitable. I have yet to meet someone indifferent to it—people either love or hate it. I’m amongst those who loves freshly fallen snow, and love to walk through it, kicking it up as I walk and enjoying it crunch under my feet. Here are some interesting facts about snow, some of which you may not know.
1. Snowflakes always have six sides.
2. No two snowflakes are alike.
3. In Prince Edward Island, Canada, where the soil is red clay, snowflakes often look pink. This is because the red dust from the soil is blown into the air and absorbed by the clouds.
4. The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana, USA. They were 15 inches in diameter
5. The average snowfall in Stampede Pass, Washington State is 430 inches, making it the snow capital of the United States.
6. The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles (5 km.) per hour.
7. ‘Snirt’ is dirty snow that flies off the dusty Canadian prairies.
8. Billions of snowflakes fall during a snowstorm.
9. Snowflakes are made up of ice crystals.
10. When people know a blizzard is coming, they like to stock up on cakes, candies and cookies than any other food.
11. A snowstorm is classed as a blizzard when you can’t see for 1/4 mile; the winds are 35 miles an hour, and the storm lasts at least 3 hours. If the conditions are less severe, it’s only considered a snowstorm.
A word of advise to the whiners :), what cannot be cured, must be endured—why not just learn to enjoy snow!