The List Love is dreaming of a white Christmas, so much so that we just had to provide you with 10 snow facts to make you feel festive. So, when the cold white stuff does start to fall, you’ll know all the most interesting trivia about this natural marvel.
1. The Word
The word ‘snow’ dates all the way back to the 9th century, and the word ‘snowball’ wasn’t created until 1400. ‘Snowflake; was born in 1734, whilst it took until 1827 for ‘snowman’ to exist.
2. An Inch of Snow
One inch of melted snow can produce less than a 10th of an inch of water. Crazy considering the average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water.
3. The World’s Largest
The world’s largest snowman was built in a village in Maine, USA, in 2008. It was 122ft tall and weighed 13,000,000lb. It’s eyes were also made from 5ft wreaths.
The world’s largest snowflake was also a reported 15 inches across and 8 inches thick. It was found in Fort Keogh, Montana, USA, on 28th January, 1887, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Observers described the snowflake as “larger than a milk pan”.
4. Snow Colour
Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas? Many don’t realise that snow is not white – it is clear and colourless. It is white due to the little sunlight the snow absorbs, giving its white appearance.
5. Snow Blizzard
A snow blizzard only occurs when you can’t see for 1/4 mile, and the winds are quite often 35 miles an hour or more. A snow storm must also last for 3 hours, at least, to be classed as a snow blizzard; otherwise, it is simply a snowstorm.
6. Snow Speed
The average snowflake has a top speed of 1.7 metres per second.
7. Fear of Snow
A fear of snow is known as Chionophobia. Are you scared of snow?
8. Land Surface
Approximately 12% of Earth’s land surface is covered in permanent ice and snow.
9. Grow Snow
You can grow snow. Fact! Kenneth G Libbrecht, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, has claimed you can grow your own snow by simply using dry ice, three styrofoam cups, a plastic cola bottle, a paper clip and a nylon fishing line. Don’t believe us? Check this out.
10. Snowflake Shape
Snowflakes are always hexagonal, but that does not mean they are perfectly symmetrical. They can often be a little lopsided due to uneven temperatures and dirt, as well as other factors.
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