Amazing Winter Facts 12/27/12

Winter Solstice 2012

December 26, 2012

Ready for Winter?

Enjoy these amazing facts about winter.

Winter solstice

The Winter Solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly point on the horizon.  At the same time, the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun.  This causes the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  Good news!  The days are getting longer now.

Enjoy these fun, often amazing facts about snow and the winter season

Coldest Day

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128 degrees Celsius in Vostok Station, Antarctica, in 1983.  That’s nearly -200 degrees Fahrenheit below zero!

Largest Snowflake

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, on January 28, 1887, a 15 inch wide, 8 inch thick snowflake fell in Fort Keogh, Montana.

Largest Snow Sculpture in the World

  • A team of 600 sculptors at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held on December 20, 2007 in China. The staggering 656 ft long and 115 ft tall sculpture.
 Tallest Snowman

  • The 113 foot snowman was built in Bethel, Maine and took nearly 5 months to plan and build.

Largest Snowfall in a Single Day

  • On December 4, 1913, a staggering 63 inches of snow – more than five feet – fell in Georgetown, Colorado.

Largest amount of snow recorded in one year

  • The largest amount of snow recorded in one year was 1140 inches.  It was recorded in Mt. Baker ski area in Washington in 1998-1999. That is about 95 feet of snow in one year!

The Fastest Ever Half-Marathon Run Barefoot on Snow

  • Dutch daredevil Wim Hof holds the world record for running the fastest half marathon barefoot on snow and ice. He completed the marathon in 2 hr 16 min 34 sec near Oulu, Finland, on 26 January 2007.
 Fear of Snowmen

  • People with chionophobia have a fear of snow. One of the largest components to this fear is the idea of becoming snowbound causing cold sweats, panic attacks, and even an unrealistic feeling of doom and dread.

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And more facts….

  •  Snowflakes are crystals joined together, usually between 2-200 of them. They join to get bigger and bigger and when they are heavy enough, they fall.
  • The average snowflake falls at 3.1 mph!
  • Snow is actually clear/transparent.  It is like a prism that breaks up the light and the human eye cannot “see” this so it appears white or blue.  Snow can come in other colors depending on the color of the tiny dirt particle that the crystal collects on.  Red and grey are common colors of snowflakes in some areas.  Blue and green snow can be found when algae is trapped in it.
  • Each year over 100 snow storms affect the continental US. One snow storm usually has a lifespan of 2-5 days.
  • Japan has developed a snow-eating robot that is equipped with GPS.  It can shovel snow in your driveway and compact it into ice blocks.
  • 80% of all the freshwater on earth is frozen as ice or snow.  This accounts for 12% of the earth’s surface.

Enjoy the winter weather, whether you see any snow or not. 

Remember that it’s just up the road in the mountains, and wouldn’t it be fun to just experience the beauty of the snow a few times this winter?