A little flavour of what's in store...
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Hopefully you've been able to enjoy the recent snowy weather just a little bit and what great photo opportunities it bought to those lucky enough to have their workplace or school shut down.
Our very own Lucy took advantage of Thursdays heavier snow fall in our part of Derbyshire to start building a little place for the winter in our own back garden - an igloo.
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Of course, we couldn't let the snow pass (or should that be melt) with a little tribute of our own so here are 13 things you may not know about snow...
When did it last snow on Christmas Day? For a white Christmas to be official, a flake of snow must be observed to fall at the four specific sites between midnight on 24 December and midnight on 25 December, even if it is mixed with rain and is not necessarily snow lying on the ground. Given this definition, England last enjoyed a white Christmas in 1999.
A HOTEL boss promised to give guests a £50 refund if they didn't get any snow on their Christmas break.
The hotelier's three-night festive deal included bed and breakfast, Christmas lunch - and a winter wonderland on December 25. 2008 was the third year he'd run the scheme - having been left nearly £3000 out of pocket due to no-snow refunds over the previous two years.
The world's largest snowflake was 38 cm wide and 20 cm thick. This occurred at Fort Keogh, Montana, USA on 28 January 1887.
The tallest snowman ever made measured 34.63 metres and was made by residents of Bethel, Maine, USA. It took 14 days to build, finally being completed on 17 February 1999. Nicknamed Angus, he had vehicle tyres for his mouth and trees for arms.
The average snowflake has a top speed of 1.7 metres per second.
They are always hexagonal but the majority are not perfectly symmetrical - uneven temperatures, dirt and other factors usually cause them to be lopsided.
Enough snow fell in Britain on February 2 for everyone in the country to make a quarter of a million snowballs each, according to Carol Vorderman.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest snowflake on record measured 38cm wide and 20cm thick. It was observed in Montana, USA in 1887 and described by witnesses as "larger than a milk pan".
It is a myth that Eskimos have 100 different words for 'snow'.
Chionophobia is a fear of snow.
A man was arrested by Police on suspicion of burglary after officers followed a trail of footprints in the snow leading away from a club which had been burgled. The track led for several hundred yards before they "disappeared" into a house in the village reported Durham Police.
in 1991, British Rail tried to explain away the disruption to rail services in London and the Souteast by claiming it was "the wrong kind of snow".
The deepest snow ever measured in an inhabited area in the UK was at Forest-in-Teesdale, County Durham, at the end of the 1947 winter when a level depth of 83 inches was recorded.
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