Ever wanted to know things about winter? What makes it cold? Where the cold comes from? The biggest snowflake? The coldest country? Then you’ll be fascinated with our 20 Did You Know Cold Facts.
- Earth is actually closest to the sun in December, even though winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
- Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does
- The average snowflake falls at about 3 mph
- The largest recorded snowman ever built was in Bethel, Maine, in February 1999. 113-foot, 7-inches
- Known as “The Storm of the Century,” a blizzard and a cyclone swept destruction from Cuba to Canada on March 12, 1993, a week before spring. The storm was responsible for 310 deaths
- Around 12% of Earth’s land surface is covered in snow and ice.
- Winter in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres is caused by Earth’s axis in that hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.
- How long does Winter last, 89 days
- the coldest months of the year for most Northern Hemisphere locations are January and February
- The snowiest months are January, followed by December, then February.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded was -123° C at Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983.
- The average snowflake ranges from a size slightly smaller than a penny to the width of a human hair. a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana in 1887 claimed to see milk-pan sized crystals fall from the sky. 15 inches wide.
- If you’ve ever heard the rumble of thunder in the middle of a snowstorm. It’s likely a thundersnow, a rare winter weather phenomenon that’s most common near lakes.
- Snow Falls at 1 – 6 feet per second
- There is an average of 105 snow-producing storms in the United States in a typical year. An average storm will last 2–5 days
- Every winter, at least one septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) snow crystals fall from the sky.
- A New Zealand insect called the Weta freezes completely solid during winter. When the temps go back up, it continues on like nothing ever happened.
- In 1974, Russia hit -96° Fahrenheit in Siberia during winter, making Russia the coldest country in the world. Followed by, Canada, Mongolia, Finland, and Iceland
- To survive winters, animals develop various survival techniques, like migrating, hibernating, storing food, even changing their colors, and of course growing thicker fur.
- The Chinese plum is one of the very few plants that bloom in the winter. Its fragrance is present in winter, it symbolizes hope, perseverance, beauty, and purity. It is even written about in classic Chinese poetry and literature.
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