About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Photo Share: Falling snow

Fun snow facts:
- Snow is formed by the crystallization of water and since all water molecules have six sides, so do all snowflakes.
- On average an inch of rain can become one foot of snow.
Snowflake- There are 7 major snowflake shapes: tubes, stars, hexagonal plates, ridged arm stars, hexagonal columns, needles, and irregular.
- In 1755 the red dust from the Sahara desert caused red snow to fall over Europe when the dust became condensation nuclei for flakes.
- Fluffy (powdery) snow which falls at very low temperatures can be up to 95% air, while warmer temperature will produce very wet heavy flakes.
- An average snowflake is made up of 180 billion water molecules.

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