12 Curious Facts About Winter Weather

It Snows In Places We Might Not Consider It To

It Snows In Places We Might Not Consider It To

We know that it snows in Siberia, right? We're not surprised that it should snow in Minnesota. But did you ever consider that a place like Hawaii also gets snow (like in the picture of Moan Kea)?

The Many Sizes And Shapes Of Snowflakes

The Many Sizes And Shapes Of Snowflakes

Most snowflakes are smaller than a penny. However, witnesses at Fort Keogh, Montana in 1887 claim to have seen snowflakes that were 15 inches across. There have been various other reports of abnormally sized snowflakes too.



Little Water. Lots Of Snow.

Little Water. Lots Of Snow.

Because of the air that packs it out, the water which would make one inch of rain would make ten times that of snow.

Audible Thundersnow

Audible Thundersnow

Most common near lakes, thundesnow is a rare winter phenomenon in which warm columns of air rise up from the ground and make turbulent storm clouds. When the conditions are exactly right, you can indeed hear it.



The Speed Of Snow

The Speed Of Snow

The speed of snowfall will typically range anywhere form 1 to 6 feet per second (unless it's those little pellet-like bits of snow - in which case that's going to be a whole lot quicker).

When The Beat Drops

When The Beat Drops

Actually, replace "beat" with "temperature".

In 1911, in Rapid City, South Dakota, the temperature went from 55°F down to 8 degrees in just 15 minutes. It's still the record for the quickest temperature drop ever recorded.



Salty Solution

Salty Solution

Of course, to prevent accidents, we pour salt on the roads to give them some traction in icy conditions. On US roads alone, each winter, about 22 million tons of salt is used.

The Snowiest Of Them All

The Snowiest Of Them All

Aomori City, Japan, is the major city in which it snows the most, out of all the cities of the world. There, it averages about 26 feet of the stuff per year.



Self-Forming Snowballs

Self-Forming Snowballs

Usually, it's kids rolling them up in order to be used as ammunition (or some who aren't kids but still get a weird kick out of snowball fights). Weirdly however, sometimes Mother Nature makes her own. there was one case relatively recently in the Gulf of Orb, Siberia, in which the right wind and ocean conditions were responsible for washing huge snowballs up on to a beach, some of which were up to 3 feet in diameter!

Wind Chill Formula

Wind Chill Formula

Did you think that "wind chill" was an estimate or something that the weatherman simply makes up on a whim? You'll be pleased to know that there's a precise meteorological formula used to grant us that information.

Wind Chill = 35.74 + 0.6215T – 35.75(V^0.16) + 0.4275T(V^0.16)

You're welcome.



The Snow Melters

The Snow Melters

Depending on where you come from, the idea of a city or town melting its snow could be a strange one. In order to not face criticism for dumping a whole bunch of snow in the ocean, some cities will employ snow melters who use hot water to literally melt tens of tons per hour. Of course, this costs an obscene amount of money and burns through a lot of fuel...So, is it worth it?

Wet Is Best

Wet Is Best

You probably know already that wet snow is better for building a snowman. Luckily, science has backed this up, with one researcher (perhaps it was a slow week on the science front) confirming the best ratio for building snow men and women as 5 parts snow to 1 part water.