Snow is a fact of life for many people throughout the United States. It even falls in some of the more southern states, such as in parts of Florida. Snow can be dangerous, causing traffic accidents and power outages, but it is also the building material for snowmen and igloos and facilitates many outdoor winter activities. Snow trivia and fun facts are a great addition to holiday events or winter birthday parties. Snow facts can also be posted on school bulletin boards or incorporated into lesson plans about weather or seasons.
Big snow facts
The snowiest state is Alaska. Valdez, Alaska, recevies an average of 326 inches of snow every year. The snowiest city in the lower 48 states is Mount Washington, New Hampshire, which has an average snowfall of 260 inches each winter. The largest snowflake on record is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. It measured 15 inches wide and was 8 inches thick. The largest snowman recorded was a 122 foot snow-woman built in Bethel, Maine in 2008.
Unusual Snow facts
Snow isn't always white. In the Victorian era, when the air was heavily polluted by smoke from factories, the snow was often dark gray. In places with red soil, like Prince Edward Island, snow can be pink. Snow is classified as a mineral. It is a myth that the Inuit have 100 words for snow. A man nicknamed "Snowflake" Bentley photographed 5,000 snowflakes in 1885 before he died of pneumonia. Twelve percent of the earth's surface is covered permanently in a layer of snow. People who are afraid of snow have chionophobia.
"Thundersnow" is the technical name for a blizzard with lightning. There are 105 snowstorms each winter in the United States. They typically last from two to five days and move across several states. The biggest snowstorm in the United States happened in February, 1953 when 187 inches of snow fell on Thompson Pass, Alaska. Snowflakes fall at 5.5 feet per second. A snow storm becomes a blizzard when winds reach 35 miles per hour and visibility is less than a quarter of a mile.
Snow in the Movies
Snow is usually associated with holiday movies but many important films are set in snowy climates. "Fargo," "The Shining," and "The Empire Strikes Back" all feature important scenes that are set in the snow. Film crews create fake snow with snow machines that turn chunks of ice into snowflakes. Snow figures prominently in the movie "Snow Day." Most of the scenes take place outside and the plot centres on a group of children who try to stop the snowplow driver from clearing the streets so they can have two consecutive snow days.