So, did you guys have a white Christmas? We did … sort of. It started snowing on Thursday evening, was still snowing on Friday morning, but the temps were so frigid that it was a very dry snow with little accumulation … maybe a ¼ inch. Still, it was snow, and we enjoyed seeing it, though we did not enjoy the 13° temperatures! Brrrrrrrrrr.
Now you’ve all heard it said that no two snowflakes are alike, but with bazillions of snowflakes falling somewhere on the globe every day for centuries or longer, how can that be true? Well, turns out that scientists who study such things say that the likelihood of two large snow crystals being identical is zero, and that the probability that two snow crystals (a single ice crystal) or flakes (a snow crystal or multiple snow crystals stuck together) will be exactly alike in molecular structure and in appearance, is very, very minute. However, it turns out that apart from the molecular structure, snowflakes fall into one of 35 different shapes, according to researchers. The precise reasons for the formation of various snowflake shapes is not completely understood by scientists, but they have been able to generate a list of eight predominant shapes, with each containing several variations of snowflake structures. Shapes include: column, plane, combination of column and plane, aggregation, rimed, germs, irregular, and other. If you’re interested, check out this article in The Science Explorer.
Speaking of snow, I found some awesome snow pictures that I thought would make a fun Saturday Surprise.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend … holiday is over, so now you can relax and eat leftovers … leftover cookies, if there are any!