30 Cold Facts About Winter… I’ve Definitely Got Chionophobia.
It's officially December, meaning that winter is upon us whether we like it or not. Hopefully, all of your outerwear is dry cleaned and your winter boots are out of storage, because temperatures are dropping rapidly and it's time to get serious about our coziness levels.
While you're dusting off your winter hat and sipping as many hot beverages you can find, take a minute to check out these 30 facts about winter, which are far more compelling than just "Winter is cold." Despite mixed opinions about the season, no one can deny that it's an interesting time -- for animals, for the earth, and for human beings in general. #24 is absolutely fascinating.
#1. Every winter, at least one septillion (that’s 1, followed by 24 zeros) snow crystals fall from the sky.
#2. On January 28, 1887, a snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick fell in Fort Keogh, Montana. It's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest snowflake ever observed.
#3. A New Zealand insect called the Weta freezes completely solid during winter. When the temps go up, it resumes its business.
#4. The largest recorded snowman ever built was in Bethel, Maine, in February 1999. It was a whopping 113 feet tall.
#5. On February 17, 2007, Bismarck, North Dakota, set the record for the most snow angels at one time: 8,962 students from several schools made them at once.
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