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A Tad Early?

While it feels like winter, we all know that winter has not even officially arrived...But here are a few facts to ponder upon while "iced in" or otherwise.  Did you know that...

December 21, 2013 marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter. 

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128 degrees Celsius, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983.

Chionophobia is the fear of snow.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest snowflake measured 15’ wide and 8” thick. It fell in Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887.

Hailstones are built of layers, similar to an onion.  The layers count the number of times it traveled to the top of the storm before falling to the ground.

In ancient Roman times, a large celebration called Saturnalia occurred at the time of the winter solstice.  This winter festival involved drinking, eating and exchanging of gifts. During this celebration, roles of master and servant were reversed and Roman masters would cater to their slaves. Some believe that Saturnalia may have influenced the way that Christmas has come to be celebrated.

Snow is actually transparent. It appears white because the crystals act as prisms, breaking up the light of the sun into the entire spectrum of color. The human eye is unable to handle that kind of sensory overload so we see it as white or, sometimes, blue. If you live in a place where your soil is red, snow is pink. The red dust blows into the clouds, discoloring the snow.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is also known as Winter Depression occurs during the winter months. Women are affected more often than men.

 

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