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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.

There is also an interesting article in the Telegraph that recalls the Big Freeze of 1963– well worth a read! And do check out this BBC site about Harsh Winters in the UK.

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