21 Jan Winter Weather
I really do dislike the snow. However, I did spend a little time this evening researching facts about the weather and snow facts in particular. I discovered a fascinating site by Dr Richard Wild, who apparently wrote his PhD on snow! So here are some of the interesting facts from his website:
Permanent snow and ice covers about 12% of the Earth’s land surface, a total of around 21 million square kilometres.
- A single snowstorm can drop 40 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs.
- The largest snowflake ever measured fell across Fort Keogh in Montana, U.S.A. on the 28 January 1887. It measured 38cm across and was 20cm thick.
- Snow kills about 200 people a year in the U.S.A. The primary snow-related death is from traffic accidents.
- Dr. Vincent Joseph Schaefer (an American chemist and meteorologist) was the first person to make artificial snow in 1946.