These days it’s snowing in a lot of cities around the world. Snow is probably the most beautiful natural phenomenon everyone loves. The freshness and hope snow brings to cities can’t be compared to any other atmospheric event.
Some of us travel long distances just to see snowy cities. Most of the people know about the chemical and physical structure of snow but there are some interesting facts that have been less concerned. Here you read about some of them:
1)The world’s biggest snowflake
It is 45 centimeters wide and 20 centimeters thick. This gigantic snowflake was found on 28th July of 1887 in the state of Montana, America based on the Guinness.
2)Snow is not white
The complicated structures of snow crystals make their tiny particles reflect the visible light. They absorb the sunlight and then reflect it. This is how you see snow in white.
3)Precipitation of 2.5 m snow in a day
The world record for the fastest snowfall in one day is now held by the Capracotta city, south of Italy. In 5th March 2015 in 18 hours there was 2.5 m snow on the ground. The interesting point is that this city is located in the south and is not even in the Alps!
4) Most of the world’s sweet water is frozen.
80 percent of the world’s water is a mixture of ice and snow which is 12 percent of our planet.
5) What does storm mean?
If your visibility is reduced to less than 400 meters, the storm is called Blizzard. The winds which cause this event blow at 56kilometers per hour or more. This storm should continue for 3 hours to call it a blizzard.
6)Eskimos have about 100 words meaning snow in their language.
7)Why are snowflakes hexagonal?
The oxygen atom attracts a lot of electron clouds of hydrogen atoms and brings them closer to each other. This process causes the hydrogen load to be positive and the center of the “V” structure has a negative charge. When other water molecules are involved in forming the snowflakes, the opposite loads we mentioned are attracted to each other and form a unique three-dimensional structure with six sides.