According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick! It was reported by ranch owner Matt Coleman at Fort Keogh, Montana, on January 28, 1887.
Dr. Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Chairman of the physics department at the California Institute of Technology and a snowflake devotee, was quoted in the article and has written several books. His website explains everything you want to know about snowflakes at http://www.snowcrystals.com/.
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