Sunday, January 27, 2013

Interesting facts about Snow

Do you know that one septillion ( 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) of snow crystals drop from the sky during each winter?  It takes one million little droplets to make one snowflake..  Here are some interesting facts about Snow.

  • Do you know that snow forms when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes into ice crystals?
  • Snow is a form of precipitation,  the other forms of precipitation are rain, hail and sleet.
  • Snow storms are nothing but heavy snow falls.
  • Normally the snow flakes are less than one-half inch across.  But the biggest snow flake ever recorded in the world is a giant snow flake which was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January, 28, 1887.   It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
  •  Do you know that a single snowstorm can drop more than 39 million tons of snow whose energy is equivalent to 120 atomic bombs?  
  • The greatest amount of snow fall within 24 hours in US occurred in Silver Lake - Colorado in 1921.  76 inches of snow has fallen within 24 hours. 
  • The largest piece of ice to fall on earth was an ice block of 6 meters across that fell in Scotland on 13th August, 1849. 
  • Permanent snow and ice cover about 12% of earth land surface. 
  • 80% of the world's fresh water is locked up as ice or snow.

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