Snow is frozen liquid water which falls from clouds. When water vapors in the atmosphere freezes into ice crystals, it turns into snow. Everyone knows that snow is white. But this is not true. Actually the snow is transparent. This is a fact.
For proof, look an individual snowflake under microscope. When a tiny, beautiful ice crystal formations bend light, that light eventually encounters another ice crystal in the clump of snowflakes where it is also bent.
This is a continuous process, light waves will ultimately be reflected, and therefore the sunlight will appear white. That’s the reason why snow looks white. The structure of snowflake is complex, they have large variety of designs and shapes.
IF you want to know how to say snow in different languages, then visit The Different Languages. Snow can cause snow blindness when it reflect high level of ultraviolet radiation. For this, sunglasses or goggles should be used to prevent snow blindness.
In snowfall season, people in many countries enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding. Snow can low visibility level and can make dangerous driving condition. More than 80 percent of all freshwater on earth is frozen as snow or ice.
There are tiny water vapors present in the air and before they turn into water, they freeze in form of crystals ice.
What are snowflakes?
Snowflakes are made of ice crystals and made from bits of dirt in the air. Each snowflake contains as much as 200 crystals in them. Do you know that each snowflake is completely different from other snowflake? They all are made up of five points and have geometrical shape. When snowflakes collected together, the snow gets packed. Because its own weight they squeeze out the air from the middle of the flakes.
The largest snowflake ever recorded or observed was 15 inches wide. Which fell during snowstorm in 1887.
In every winter season in US a large amount of ice crystal fall from sky and their amount is uncountable. It is an idea that it could be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (twenty four times zero)
The most snow fall record in 24 hours was in USA in 1991 which was 75 inches. We have mentioned below 5 names of snow in the different languages.
Dutch . . . . . sneeuw
French . . . . . neige
German . . . . . Schnee
Italian . . . . . la neve
Spanish . . . . . nieve
Snow is good for us not only to making snowballs, snow man, playing and fun but also for watering the ground in winters.
To run the business of ski resorts.
To survive arctic animals, polar bears and penguins. Seasonal snow plays an important role on our earth`s climate. It not only regulate the temperature but also fills the rivers after melting process and fulfill the water needs.
We are dependent on a large amount of snow which holds a lot of fresh water to reserve in our rivers and lake to fulfill our daily needs. Winter snow also beneficial to protect small mammals like mice, voles, and shrews, they made tunnels to navigate this winter wonderland to find their food and create their nests. These tunnel systems are formed in a variety of ways.
Snow is also beneficial for plants, trees, grass for growing and fulfill their water needs.