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Winter Fun Facts

Posted by admin on December 28 in Tidbits |

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!

  1. Wearing white is always in style – even after Labor Day.
  2. Getting outside in the winter is good for your health.
  3. It’s fun just to hang out in your front yard.
  4. We’re all made up of mostly water.
  5. Accessories don’t have to be expensive.
  6. Don’t get too much sun!
  7. If you’re a little bottom heavy – hey, that’s okay!
  8. If you look down and can’t see your feet – you’re probably not very active.
  9. You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
  10. Sometimes sweating too much can have disasterous results.

 

Sources: jokesaboutwinter.com and random emails
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