Thursday, March 12, 2015

Snow Facts & Fun by Rohith Kariveda

Snow: The good, the bad, the ugly

By now, the U.S has been hit with a plethora of snow storms. However, nothing has been record-book worthy this year. Or has it? These are a couple of surprising facts that might just change the way you think about snow:

Most deaths due to one snowstorm - about 400 people died in The Great Blizzard of 1888. “The Great Blizzard” wouldn’t be the best word to describe this storm -  “The Infamous Blizzard” would be more accurate.

Greatest recorded snowfall (in one day) - 5 feet 3 inches in Georgetown, Colorado. When the kids of this town stepped outside, they wouldn’t be able to build a snowman - they would have had to carve it!

Longest Snow Season - 232 days, in none other than Anchorage Alaska. Note to students: if you really hate school, then you might want to think about moving to Anchorage.

Snowiest U.S city - We have all heard numerous times about the insane amounts of snow that fell this winter in northern New York. Turns out that the 8 feet of snow that fell this year is below the average of the snowiest city in the U.S. Syracuse, New York, holds the record of the snowiest city with an average snowfall of 126.3 inches! So while 8 feet may be mind-boggling for us, people in Syracuse have had less snow than than they usually do.

Strangest Snow Storm - a snowstorm in February of 1899 hit the southernmost portion of the continental United States. States such as Louisiana and Florida, typical vacation spots, reached their now-standing record low temperatures : -19 and -2 degrees respectively!

and last but not least...

Worlds Largest Snowman: standing 122 feet, “Olympia”, in Bethel, Main, holds the record for the tallest snowman in the world. Its arms are 30 foot tall evergreen trees, and it needs a 100 foot long scarf to keep it warm. In order to built this goliath, the town had to borrow a 150 foot tall crane.

by: Rohith Kariveda

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