6 Things You Didn’t Know About Snow
What State Gets the Most Snow?
It’s not Michigan believe it or not. As a matter of fact, Michigan isn’t even in the top five! According to this list, Michigan gets the sixth most snowfall of any U.S. state behind (in order) Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado and Alaska. Michigan gets an average of 60.66 inches of snow per year. That’s more than five feet of fresh powder falling on the surface every year.
If you’re looking to escape the snow for the winter, you’re best off traveling to one of these states: Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida or Hawaii. All six of these southern states average less than one inch of snow per year. You might be surprised to know that snow actually falls almost every winter in Hawaii, but only at the peaks of the islands’ three tallest volcanoes.
If you’re checking the forecast, wondering how long you can get away with not shoveling the snow off your driveway, 32 degrees Fahrenheit is the magic number. This is the temperature at which snow and ice touching the surface begins to melt. Rainfall can also help in terms of snowmelt since liquids are above freezing temperatures.
It Can Be Relentless
Roughly 105 snowstorms hit the United States every year, and each one can drop 35 million metric tons of snow. If that sounds like a lot of snow, that’s because it is! According to Almanac.com, it’s the equivalent of 11,000 Empire State Buildings worth of cold fluffy precipitation blanketing the earth every year!
Snow My Goodness!
The highest snowfall recorded in a single year was 1,224 inches (102 feet). The frosty deluge occurred in Mount Rainier, Washington between February 19, 1971 and February 18, 1972.
They Have Snow Much in Common
All snowflakes have six sides. Yes, every single one. The reason for this is too techy to explain, but if you want to learn more about this phenomenon, go here. Additionally, did you know snow isn’t actually white? It’s actually clear and colorless, only appearing white due to the sunlight it reflects.