Insight: Surprising and interesting facts about snow

17 surprising facts about snow

Here’s a blizzard of brrillliant snow-driven facts…

Snow is not white, it is translucent.

One of the determining factors in the shape of individual snowflakes is the air temperature around it.

Andy Brunning, has catalogued 35 different types of snowflakes: column, plane, rimed, germs, irregular plus a number of combinations of all of them.

Snowflakes form around one single particle whether that’s a speck of dust or a piece of pollen.

They can range from two to six and even, on one occasion, 15 inches across.

Freshly fallen snow absorbs sound waves.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow claim that the Scots language has 421 terms related to snow.

Snowfalls must meet strict conditions to be considered a blizzard. Visibility must be below 200m and have wind speeds of around 48kmp (30mph).

According to NASA, during the summer in the north of Mars there may well be sudden, violent snow storms.

Japanese macaques have been observed making and playing with balls of snow.

Chionophobia, or a fear of snow.

The great explorer Ernest Shackleton’s medical kit during the Nimrod Expedition: a temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the sun’s UV rays; cured by cocaine dripped directly into the eye.

A yodel won’t cause an avalanche.

Because snow is comprised of 90 to 95 percent trapped air, it means it’s a great insulator.

Temperature can be as high as 6°C on the ground and snow can still be falling.

It takes roughly an hour for a flake to leave its cloud and reach the ground.

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