Snow, rain, ice, hail… winter is here! Winter officially starts around December 22nd, which was also the shortest day of the year (it got dark early)!
A Few Fun Facts about Winter:
- The world’s biggest snowflake fell on January 28, 1887, in Ft. Keogh, Montana. It was 15 inches across and 8 inches thick! The runner up was one that fell in Bratsk, Siberia, almost a century later (1971) – it measured 8 by 12 inches.
- The heaviest snowfall on record was in Silver Lake, Colorado, on April 14-15, 1921, when the town received 67 inches of fresh snow in 24 hours!
- The largest single snowstorm on record lasted five days in Alaska, 1955, and left more than 141-1/2 feet of snow!
- A single snowstorm can drop 40 millions tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs.
- The biggest hailstone recorded fell in South Dakota on July 23, 2010. It was the size of a softball and weighed almost 2 pounds.
- Hailstones are build like onion – the layers count the number of times it traveled to the top of the storm before falling to the ground.
According to legend, we will have a cold winter if:
- Animals have thicker coats of hair or fur.
- Squirrels build their nests low in trees and gather nuts early.
- Ants build their mounds high.
- Larger numbers of spiders are seen in the fall.
- Birds are seen migrating early or huddling on the ground.
10 Lessons I Learned from a Snowman!
- Wearing white is always in style – even after Labor Day.
- Getting outside in the winter is good for your health.
- It’s fun just to hang out in your front yard.
- We’re all made up of mostly water.
- Accessories don’t have to be expensive.
- Don’t get too much sun!
- If you’re a little bottom heavy – hey, that’s okay!
- If you look down and can’t see your feet – you’re probably not very active.
- You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
- Sometimes sweating too much can have disasterous results.