Snow

1. The largest recorded snowflake was 15 inches (38 centimetres) wide.

2. ‘Champagne powder’, ‘corduroy’ and ‘mashed potatoes’ are terms used by skiers to describe different kinds of snow.


3. Very light snow is known to occur at high latitudes on Mars.

4. It is a common misconception that the Inuit or Eskimos have an unusually large number of words for snow. In reality, the Eskimo-Aleut languages have about the same number of distinct word roots referring to snow as English does.

5. Roughly twelve per cent of the Earth’s land surface is permanently covered in snow and ice.

6. Japanese physicist, Ukichiro Nakaya, is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes.

7. The U.S. state of Utah’s car license plates proclaim that Utah has ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’.

8. The heaviest snowfall in the UK was in 1695. It snowed every day in London for 5 weeks, and the River Thames froze. The snow didn’t fully clear until mid-April.


9. The average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water.

10. If you are terrified of snow, then you suffer from Chionophobia.

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