What Is Snow?
When water freezes inside clouds, ice crystals
form. Ice crystals are the crystals that have formed around tiny bits of
have been carried up into the atmosphere by the
wind. The ice crystals join together creating snow flakes.
Once the flakes are heaven enough they fall to
the ground as snow. Each snowflake is made up of from 2 to about 200
In addition to a normal snow fall, snow can
drift to the ground lightly as flurries, fall heavily as a snowstorm,
or pile up quickly by being blown by
What Color Is Snow?
Believe it or not, snow is actually clear or
transparent. Snow appears white because the crystals act as prisms,
breaking up the light of the
sun into the entire spectrum of color.
The human eye is unable to handle that kind of sensory overload.
Therefore, as we see the snow as white or
The color of snow can very depending on the
environment in which you live. Some snowflakes look like they are pink.
If you live in a place where the soil is red,
snow can appear pink. The red dust blows into the clouds, discoloring the
How Big Is A Snowflake?
Most snowflakes are less the one-half inch
across. The largest snowflake recorded was 15 inches in diameter.
All snowflakes have six side and no two
snowflakes are exactly alike.
How Many Snowflake Shapes Are
Scientists think that there are five different
shapes of snow crystals; a long needle shape,
hollow column that is shaped like a six-sided
prism, thin & flat six-sided plates, six-pointed stars & intricate dendrites.
What Makes The Different
The shape that a snow crystal will take depends
on the temperature at which it was formed.
When the temperature is around 32°F to
25°F thin six sided plates are formed. A
25°F to 21°F long needle shapes are formed.
At 21°F to 14°F hallow columns are formed.
At 14°F to 10°F six-pointed stars are formed. At 10°F to 3°F
dendrites are formed.
The colder it is outside, the smaller the
snowflakes that fall. The fluffiest snow falls at around 15°F.
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