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Whether it is making a snowman or snow angel that you are interested in, or you simply want to go for a ski trip, snow is sure to treat you with a lot of fun!

Snowflakes are an important part of the winter season. Snowflakes are loved by everyone, children and adults alike.

There are many facts and myths about snowflakes that have been been in circulation for the longest of time.

Importance Of Snowflakes

Snowflakes add beauty to the landscape and make everything look white and frosty.

Snowflakes also play an important role in the environment. They help to keep the ground cold, which prevents snow from melting too quickly. Snowflakes can also form rain, which is a vital part of the water cycle. It defines the climate of a place, and by extension, also forms a part of the culture of certain regions of the world. For example, everyone looks forward to watching it snow on Christmas Eve since that is something that has become a good omen and a part of the Christian culture in places that do receive snowfall.

Snow is translucent, and not white!

Types Of Snowflake

There are many different types of snowflakes, each with its own unique shape and design.

Some common types of snowflakes include dendrite snowflakes, stellar snowflakes, plate snowflakes, and columnar snowflakes. Dendrite snowflakes are typically star-shaped, while stellar snowflakes are shaped like wheels. Plate snowflakes are thin and flat, while columnar snowflakes are tall and skinny.

The largest snowflakes were witnessed in January of 1887, in Montana. It is said that these snowflakes were as much as 15 in (38.1 cm) wide!

Formation Of Snowflake

Snowflakes form when moisture in the air freezes into tiny crystals. These crystals grow larger as they fall through the atmosphere, and eventually become snowflakes. The unique shape of each snowflake is a result of the way the crystals grow and interact with one another. Snowflakes can also be affected by temperature, humidity, and wind speed.

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm that produces strong winds and heavy snowfall. A blizzard can cause significant damage and disruption, often resulting in power outages and travel delays. Blizzards are most common in the northern United States and Canada.

A snowstorm is a weather event that occurs when there is a significant accumulation of snow on the ground. Snowstorms, too, can be quite disruptive. It is not uncommon for institutions and offices to remain closed when layers of powdery snow accumulate on the ground during the winter season.

When the ice crystals or particles of the clouds assemble, they assume a hexagonal shape. This further develops branches, which form beautiful shapes.

An interesting fact about snow is that just like ice, it is translucent and not white. Snow appears white since the many surfaces of the snowflakes reflect light. As we know, the color that we see is due to the wavelength of light reflected. Snow reflects all the wavelengths of light and hence appears white in color. Ice, on the other hand, appears translucent because light passes through it instead of reflecting.

Snowflakes form when both the atmosphere and the ground are below the freezing point. However, the kind of snow that a place receives is also dependent on several other factors!

Playing with snow and engaging in some fun activities is always a good idea. There are many activities to do in the snow! Some popular activities include sledding, snowboarding, skiing, snowman building, and taking part in snowball fights. These activities are all great ways to stay warm and have fun during the winter season.

FAQs

What are five facts about snowflakes?

A snowflake's shape is affected by two factors. The factors are the dampness of the cloud and the temperature. Another fact is that contrary to popular myths, two snowflakes can indeed be alike. On the other hand, even though snowflakes appear white, they are not actually white. Snowflakes are translucent.

What is unique about a snowflake?

Snowflakes can be of different sizes and shapes. They can also fall in different weather conditions such as a blizzard or a squall.

How many snowflakes fall a year?

In the United States alone, as many as one septillion snowflakes fall on the ground every single year. This means that combined with the snowfall in other parts of the world, we might not have enough zeroes to define the number!

How many snowflakes fall per second?

As many as a million billion snowflakes can fall in a single second averaged over a typical year.

How many snowflakes fall in a snowstorm?

There can be as many as five quintillion snowflakes in a single snowstorm.

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