What's in a snowflake?

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Lesley Arnold

As I sit here at my computer this evening with a winter storm warning in effect for my area of New England, I am once again fascinated by how these tiny crystals can impact whole regions of the United States.
Some of you may have read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. That story is about actual winter storms that raced across the prairie lands in the winter of 1880-1881. In his book The Children’s Blizzard David Laskin gives an account of the deadly prairie blizzard of 1888 and also gives a very excellent description of the different types of snowflakes there are and what the conditions are that create them.
The Native American Indians had many ways to predict the weather by observing what was happening in the natural world around them for clues. In the 1880’s the weather news was sent via telegraph across the United States from Army base to Army base. The weather often arrived before the news of its coming. Today we have the National Weather Service and technology to help us predict storms and to warn us of storms.
If you are interested in learning more about snow crystals, go to your library and find  Snowflake Bentley. You may also want to visit snowcrystals.com.

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