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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 28, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6061950

One of today's GH items:
1887: A snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick--the largest ever recorded--fell at Fort Keough, Montana.

Here are some other interesting facts. I have never heard of 'snirt' before. Great word though. Also I bet people buy more chocolate during blizzards too. Well at least I do ^_^

"Did you know?
Every snowflake has its own unique shape and is different than all other snowflakes.

All snowflakes have six sides.

Snowflakes aren't always white. Years ago, when coal was used in factories and homes, snow was often gray. Why? Because the coal dust entered the air and was absorbed by the clouds.

In Prince Edward Island, Canada, where the soil is red clay, snowflakes often look pink. Why? Because red dust from the soil is blown into the air and absorbed by the clouds.

The largest snowflakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America. The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.

The snow capital of the United States is Stampede Pass in Washington State. Each year, the average snowfall is 430 inches.

The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour. (5 kilometers)

Snirt is dirty snow that flies off the dusty Canadian prairies.

People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.

A blizzard occurs when you can't see for 1/4 mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more. The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.

Billions of snowflakes fall during one short snowstorm.

That snowflakes are made up of ice crystals. "



Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 28, 2009
6:01 PM

Post #6062557

snirt...I like it ;o) Of course, in this part of the country, snow rarely sticks around long enough to become dirty. If you blink, you might miss it!
GrammysGardenAZ
Cochise, AZ
(Zone 8b)

January 28, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #6062750

"1887: A snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick--the largest ever recorded--fell at Fort Keough, Montana" Who found? Who measured? You are amazing. This feature is fun!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 28, 2009
7:41 PM

Post #6062959

A rancher found it. The MTers are rallying to find out more info although I'm not sure if we have members around Miles City. This is a great article that angele found for us on the Rocky Mountain Forum. Now of course I want to read Ken Libbrecht's 'Field Guild to Snowflakes'. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/science/20snow.html?_r=1
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 28, 2009
10:04 PM

Post #6063810

Neat article. Around the Ozarks and I guess, every mountainous area, we have snow flakes that get blown back upwards enough times to become "sneet" That is an almost hard ball of snow, shaped like sleet. Thankfully, they don't get too large, as they hurt almost as bad as sleet when they bounce off of you face.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


January 30, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6071279

And then of course there is snain...which splooshes when it hits the ground.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

January 30, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6071294

LOL 'snain'. I like it. We call that plump rain.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #6071420

I've seen snain! I didn't know what it was called. It looks like lumpy raindrops have fallen.
thuja57
Westfield, IN

February 13, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #6130920

hello all! anyone ever seen "snow rollers" we had them once here in indiana...when the conditions are right the snow rolls up into hollow cylinders, sometimes 3-4 ft long and 1 foot in diameter...Ira talked about once on science friday...only have seen them that one time but i guess they are more common in other parts of the country.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 13, 2009
1:30 AM

Post #6131018

Wow, that must be a sight.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

February 13, 2009
3:15 PM

Post #6132972

I haven't seen those. Sounds cool.
leehyori

August 10, 2009
9:57 AM

Post #6929234

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Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

August 10, 2009
1:12 PM

Post #6929631

Is that a sneaky advert teehyori?
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

December 11, 2009
10:05 AM

Post #7358093

dahlianut there have been 2 occasions in my 45 years,where we have had a white christmas[in the middle of summer].
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 12, 2009
5:02 AM

Post #7360890

Whoa gwhizz in the middle of your summer (december)? That would be something to see in your dry climate!

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