Winter: Facts About This Season

Here are the things you should know about the winter

Winter is the coldest season but aside from this, there are quite a lot of interesting things about this time of the year when cold wind is blowing.

During this season, people love to enjoy the snow although it can affect the daily routine that most people have. At this time of the year, based on the article in Mental Floss, you can experience temperatures dramatically can plummet.

One instance when this happened was on November 10, 1911. It started out at a pleasant 55°F at 6 a.m., then by 8 a.m., a cold front brought the temperature down to 3°F.


There are countries that do not have this season but, it can snow basically everywhere. It was recorded that in 2011, nearly 32 inches of snow fell on the Atacama Desert in Chile and this is because of a rare cold front from Antarctica. Snowflakes have different sizes. Snowflakes fall at the rate of 1 to 6 feet per second.

The largest snowflake ever spotted was around 15 inches wide and this was found in Fort Keogh, Montana, in 1887. Snowflakes are not always unique. Back in 1988, two snowflakes collected from a Wisconsin storm were confirmed to be twins. This happened at an atmospheric research center in Colorado.

There is a condition called thundersnow. It is a rare winter weather phenomenon that’s most common near lakes and this happens when columns of warm air rise from the ground and form turbulent storm clouds in the sky during winter.

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is closest to the sun. The Earth’s axis is tilting and so this is the reason behind the cold weather and not the misconception that the distance between the planet create the coldness.

Japan is considered the snowiest city in the world. It was recorded that 312 inches, or about 26 feet, of snow on average can fall. Aside from snow, this country features a lot of sightseeing spots for visitors.

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