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Facts About Winter

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When it is winder in the northern hemisphere, it is summer in the southern hemisphere. We may be having Christmas when it is cold and snowing outside, while those who live on the southern side of the earth enjoy the winter holidays outside soaking up the hot rays of the Sun. Here are some more interesting facts about winter.

Morphology diagram of a snowflakeMorphology diagram of a snowflake. Changes in snowflake size and type are dependent on the temperature and air moisture.

Snowflakes

What are snowflakes? Snowflakes are ice crystals in different patterns. There are 7 different forms of snowflakes. They are plates, stellar crystals, columns, needles, spatial dendrites, capped columns, and irregular forms. There are no two snowflakes that are the same. On January 28th, 1887, the largest snowflake was found at Fort Keogh, Montana with a size of 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. On December 4th, 1913 in Georgetown, Colorado, a record number of 63 inches of snow fell within 24 hours.

First day of winter

For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of winter is December 22nd. This is when the Sun is the furthest away from the equator. On this day, the Sun shines directly over cities such as Alice Springs, Australia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. December 22nd is the shortest day of the year because the Sun is so far away.

Cold winter

We all associate winter with being cold. The coldest place in the world is of course Antarctica. The coldest temperature ever reported was -129°F or -89.4°C. Now for those who live in North America, the coldest place is Snag, in the Yukon Territory of Canada. They had recorded a temperature of -81.4°F on February 3rd, 1947. When looking at the United States, the east coast is always colder than the west coast. A good way to figure out what your winter is going to be like is to check the Farmer’s Almanac.

Winter activities

You can do in the winter outside many different things. Although it is cold, it is not advised to be out for too long to prevent frostbite. The traditional winter activities include ice-skating, skiing, carriage rides, snowball fights, and sledding. Depending on your area, there may be more, or less, activities for you. If you live near a ski resort, look into it and see if they offer tubing as well as skiing and snowboarding. Tubing is a fun activity for those who are less than impressed with skiing. So look into all of your local activities and find something for you and your entire family to enjoy.

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