Britain had its worst snowfall for 18 years over night, i swiped this from the Daily Mirror online newspaper i read every day!!
I get very little snow this season and my home country gets bathed in it!!! Oh well!!!
10. What was the biggest snowman ever?
The biggest snowman was built by the villagers of Bethel in Maine, USA in 2008. It was 122ft 1in tall & weighed 13,000,000lb. The eyes were 5ft wreaths.
9. How many take the day off work when it snows?
One in five people take the day off when snow is heavy, although these days, many people can opt to work from home and avoid the nightmare commute.
8. Why is London unable to function in one foot of snow?
London can’t function in deep snow because it’s such a rarity. If it happened regularly, there’d be teams of snow clearers ready at a moment’s notice.
7. When was the heaviest snowfall in the UK?
The heaviest snowfall in the UK was in 1695. It snowed every day in London for 5 weeks - and the Thames froze over. The snow didn’t fully clear till mid-April.
6. What temperature produces the perfect snowball?
0C produces the perfect snowball. The best ones are made in advance and stored for a few hours to firm them up. Dig deep for snow that’s easier to pack
5. Is it true that if you are trapped outside in the cold you should compact yourself in the snow to keep warm?
Some experts suggest burying yourself in snow for warmth, deer style, but most recommend using a snow shovel to dig a snow hole for maximum benefit.
4. Is it ever too cold to snow?
Below -30C, there is usually not enough moisture in the air for it to snow, but it is technically possible at any temperature. Snow has fallen at -41C.
3. How many water molecules in the average snowflake?
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.
2. How does grit stop snow settling?
The grit is rock salt. The salt lowers the freezing point of the snow on the road and helps it to melt. The grit component helps tyres to grip the road.
1. Why is snow white not blue?
Snow is white, not blue, because its crystalline structure reflects white light in all directions. Ice is more dense and so appears clear.