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Snow In The Midlands
It's snow joke! Your top facts on snow
by Joe Lobo
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest snowflake ever was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887. It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
- Snow may appear white but it is actually colourless and can take on many colour forms.
- Mount Baker, in the North Cascades of Washington State, holds the world record for the most snow falling in a year. A reported 1,140 inches fell during in 1998.
- The Wapusk Trail road is the longest winter road in the world according to the Guinness World Records. It_ _is 467 miles long and links Gillam, Manitoba with Peawanuk, Ontario, Canada.
- The largest snowman was a woman. Built by the residents of Bethel, Maine, she was 122ft tall, with 30 ft spruce trees for arms and skis for eyelashes.
- According to this, it is possible to grow your own snow
- Around 12% of the land's surface is covered in permanent snow and ice
- The average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water and falls at a speed of 3.1mph. The largest recorded snowflake was 15 inches wide.
- Chionophobia is a fear of snow.
- Japanese scientists have developed a snow-eating robot, fitted with GPS, which shovels snow from the drive and compacts it into ice bricks.