The first photo of a snowflake was taken in February of 1865 by Wilson Alwyn Bentley. The Jericho Historical Society has preserved many of his photographs, making it possible to view them online!
Snow isn’t actually white. Snow, like its larger cousin ice, is clear. However, when piled together, the light reflects off all of the tiny surfaces in the cluster of snowflakes, making them appear white. In some areas, it can even appear blue or red due to algae.
Each year in the U.S. alone, more than one septillion ice crystals fall from the sky! That’s 24 zeroes!
Students at ASME Michigan Technical University hold the record for the world’s largest snowball. Rolled in 2013, it measured 3.2 m across (10.45 ft) and 3.28 m (9.28 ft) tall!
In January 2014, Guy Martin reached a top speed of 134.368 km/h (83.49 mph) on a snow sled! Now that’s a big hill!
Make your own unique 6-sided snowflakes with common art supplies!
“ To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Until next week…
We hope this peek at snow offers a fresh perspective on this truly Wowzerful form of winter precipitation. Stay warm, and we’ll see you in a week! – Wowzerful
Today’s email was written by Joshua J. with contributions by Branden S. and Geoff W. Joshua J. is a father of two and homeschooling for the first time this year. He loved the idea of this newsletter and hopes to share some of the Wowzerful discoveries he’s made while creating a science curriculum for his own kids.