Numbers in the News: Snowflakes

From flurries to blizzards, snowflakes are a sure sign that winter is here. Below are some facts and figures about this frozen precipitation.

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15 INCHES

The diameter of the largest snowflake ever measured. It fell in Montana in 1887.

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1 TO 2 MILLION

The estimated number of flakes in a cubic foot of snow.

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121

The number of different snowflake shapes, which include stars, hexagons, and needles.

THINK ABOUT IT: Snowflakes are crystals—their molecules are arranged in an ordered, repeating pattern. What other objects in nature are crystals?

SOURCES: GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, USA.COM

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