5 Fun Facts About The White Stuff

  1. It’s a myth that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.


Even though this is extremely rare, it’s true that two snowflakes can be identical, do to crystals. Snowflakes form when ice crystal come together. Some snowflakes can contain several hundred crystals and some of these patterns can be found in more then one snowflake. However this is still up for debate.

2. Snow is translucent, not white.


Snow is a translucent object, which means light that partially reflects meaning letting partial light through. Light doesn’t easily pass through ice hence the bunches of white specs we see in them. This light bounces around a lot and reflects back which appears white to us, which is the light scattering.
3. The most snow to fall in a 24-hour period in the United States is 75.8 inches.


This happened in Silver Lake, Colorado. It began in April of 1921 in the afternoon on a high mountain top. The blizzard continued nonstop for 32 1/2 hours with a record total snowfall of 95 inches. 
4. Not every big snowstorm is a blizzard.


There is a very simple answer to this characteristic that most people aren’t aware of. The difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard is the strength of wind not the amount of snowfall. Blizzards are severe winds with very low visibility, according to the United Stations National Weather Services.
5. The largest snowball fight on record took place in Seattle.


This took place on January 12, 2014 with 5,734 participants. It was organized on a snow day by the Seattle Snow Day Center. The proceeds went to benefit the boys and girls group of Seattle. This is in the Guinness book of world records. 

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