Snow Facts

10. What was the biggest snowman ever?           

The biggest snowman was built by the villagers of Bethel in Maine, USA in 2008. It was 122ft 1in tall & weighed 13,000,000lb. The eyes were 5ft wreaths.

9. How many take the day off work when it snows?      

One in five people take the day off when snow is heavy, although these days, many people can opt to work from home and avoid the nightmare commute.

8. Why is London unable to function in one foot of snow? 

London can’t function in deep snow because it’s such a rarity. If it happened regularly, there’d be teams of snow clearers ready at a moment’s notice.


7. When was the heaviest snowfall in the UK?  

The heaviest snowfall in the UK was in 1695. It snowed every day in London for 5 weeks - and the Thames froze over. The snow didn’t fully clear till mid-April.

6. Is there a condition - fear of snow Chionophobia is a fear of snow

5. What is the rain to snow ratio?         

On average 0.1 of an inch of water will yield 1.0 inch of snow; a 10 to 1 ratio.

4. Is it ever too cold to snow?     

Below -30C, there is usually not enough moisture in the air for it to snow, but it is technically possible at any temperature. Snow has fallen at -41C.

3. How many water molecules in the average snowflake?        

The average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water and falls at a speed of 3.1mph. The largest recorded snowflake was 15 inches wide.

2. How does grit stop snow settling?      

The grit is rock salt. The salt lowers the freezing point of the snow on the road and helps it to melt. The grit component helps tyres to grip the road.

1.What is difference between blowing snow and drifting snow.

Blowing snow is the meteorological term for any loose snow lifted from the ground surface and suspended by strong winds to a height of 2 m (6 ft) or more above the surface (higher than drifting snow).

Drifting snow is only raised from the ground surfce by the wind to a height of less than 2 m (6 ft) creeping, rolling and bouncing above the surface.


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