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An Icy Adventure: Snowflakes 501 bro
Transcript of An Icy Adventure: Snowflakes 501 bro
Did you know snowflakes and frozen rain are actually different? Frozen rain is known as sleet. Another cool fact about snowflakes is that they have to have six sides or it isn’t considered a snowflake! The average snowflake is made up of approximately 200 billion molecules of water. The last fact, and the best, is that it’s actually a myth that every snowflake is unique. In 1988, a scientist found 2 IDENTICLE SNOWFLAKES in Wisconsin!
by Emily LoPorto
Snowflakes are interesting by themselves, but how they form is magical. Snowflakes start out as water vapor in the atmosphere. If the temperature is cold enough, the water vapor will freeze, and those tiny drops of water vapor will become ice crystals. These ice crystals stick together to from the snowflake. The snowflake becomes more detailed and it forms cooler shapes as it passes different temperatures. The colder it is, the more complex a snowflake becomes. The flake will continue falling until they reach the ground, or a child’s tongue!
The smallest snowflakes are called diamond dust crystals. These can be as thin as the width of a single human hair! Snowflakes look white to our eyes, but they are really clear. There are many tiny surfaces were they light leaks through, making snowflakes look white when they are really clear. Although all snowflakes have six sides, they can be categorized into 35 shapes and 6 main categories. This includes plate, column, stars, and lacy.