Snowflake Fun Facts

How Do Snowflakes Form?

It all starts as a piece of dust floating in the wind. When that dust particle is high in the Earth’s atmosphere, it may meet a water droplet in cold temperatures. And when this happens, the water may freeze onto the dust and form an ice crystal. This ice crystal forms the base of the snowflake on which other ice crystals will form. As the ice crystal falls out of the atmosphere and toward the ground, more water droplets freeze onto it and form the arms or ‘branches’ of the ice crystal.

Why Are Snowflakes Shaped The Same ?

Water molecules naturally arrange themselves into a hexagonal – or six-sided shape. The result is a structure with six branches or arms. As the ice crystal falls toward the ground, more water vapor freezes onto the ice crystals surface, repeating the hexagonal structure of the ice. That’s why all snowflakes have the same hexagonal shape.

 

Are All Snowflakes Unique?

Yes! Although all snowflakes are hexagonal in shape, they are all 100 percent unique. That’s because a snowflakes shape is dictated by its path it takes while falling from the sky to the ground as well as the atmospheric particles it may come into contact with along the way.

The different temperatures and humidity combinations that ice crystals come into contact with vary the size and shape of the snowflakes. Some combinations produce flakes with long needle-like arms, while others produce flakes with wide flat arms. Still others produce thin, branching arms. All hexagonal in shape. Yet all completely, individually unique.

More snowflake fun facts:

When combined, windblown snow and black dirt make what is called snirt.

The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records fell at Fort Keogh, Montana and was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

While no two snowflakes may look exactly alike, all snowflakes fall in one of 35 different shapes.

Snowflake Video

Tiffany
Founder of Kids Activities Blogs ~
Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

Tiffany

Founder of Kids Activities Blogs ~ Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

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