December is here and those of us in the cooler climate locations know what will inevitably drift its way towards us: snow. This means snowmen, sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, shoveling and snowball fights galore. Have you ever taken a moment to truly appreciate the snow? Check out our snowflake fast facts to learn a bit more about winter’s favorite accessory!
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest snowflake fell on January 28, 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana, measuring 15 inches!
- Snow that falls more so in the shape of a ball than a standard flake is called graupel.
- 10 inches of snow will melt to about 1 inch of water due to the air trapped inside of the ice particles.
- According to research done by weather.com in 2011, Valdez, Alaska, is the snowiest city in the United States, averaging 326.3” of snow annually. On its snowiest day (January 16, 1990) Valdez received 47.5 inches of snow!
- In 1999, the world’s tallest snowman was created in Bethel, Maine, measuring 113’7” tall. Not to outdo themselves, the community also built the world’s tallest snowwoman in 2008, which measured 122’1” tall.
- While the snow does mean chilly weather, take a moment to appreciate how different each and every snowflake is, and be thankful you aren’t stuck in a storm full of 15 inch flakes!