Thursday, January 29, 2004

Weather facts

Gentle reader,

Well my pots of Holly (I'm thinking of Christmas in a few years time) are well and truly frozen. I hope they survive.

So this little falsehood is timely...

False: No two snowflakes are alike.

Snowflakes are six-sided crystals composed of about 1018 water molecules, giving them unimaginable -- but not infinite -- potential for variation.
In 1988, Nancy Knight, a meteorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (the US one), discovered two identical snowflakes that had been collected from clouds above Wisconsin. The snowflakes apparently formed as conjoined twins.

take care,
in the cold,


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