We are taking a quick break from professional tax software to tell you about the most popular topic here in Iowa today – SNOW!
Here are 10 Fun Facts that you probably didn’t know about snow:
- An average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water.
- Around 12% of the Earth’s land surface is covered in permanent snow and ice.
- Each year, an average of 105 snow-producing storms affect the continental United States. A typical storm will have a snow-producing lifetime of two to five days and will bring snow to portions of several states.
- All snowflakes have six sides.
- Rochester, New York is the snowiest large city in the U.S., averaging 94 inches of snow a year.
- Chionophobia is a fear of snow. (stumped spellcheck on that one).
- Snow is actually colorless. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed uniformly over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.
- People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast. (Who wants to be stranded without these?)
- A blizzard occurs when you can’t see for ¼ mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more. The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.
- The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour (5 kilometers).