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Things You Always Wanted To Know About…Snow.

In Climate Change, Environment, India on December 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Besides being taught that no two snowflakes look alike, we just learned this about snow:

  • Kashmir’s highest recorded monthly snowfall occurred in February 1967, when 8.4 metres (331 in) fell in Gulmarg, though the IMD has recorded snowdrifts up to 12 metres (39 ft) in several Kashmiri districts. In February 2005, more than 200 people died when, in four days, a western disturbance brought up to 2 metres (7 ft) of snowfall to parts of the state. (Wikipedia)
  • Snow at the North and South Pole reflect heat into space because the ice acts like a mirror with the heat of the sun, and the heat bounces off the ice and into space. (Thinkquest Library)
  • The largest piece of ice to fall to earth was an ice block 6 meters (20 ft) across that fell in Scotland on 13 August 1849. (Fun Shun)
  • The largest hailstone recorded fell on 14 April 1986 in Bangladesh weighing 1kg (2.25lbs). The hailstorm reportedly killed 92 people. (Fun Shun)

Daytime view looking down from a snowy ridge onto a mountain valley far below, lost in mist. Continuing into the far distance at right, a series of high snow-covered mountains continue the ridge. The mountains are mostly covered in evergreen forest; dappled sunlight strikes the snow cover.

A view of Gulmarg, a popular tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir in winter.

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