Thursday, December 23, 2010

Frosty The Snowman

This is a copy of the exact Golden Book I have from my childhood.  Gracie and I have read this book many MANY times this month.  Always followed by a loud rendition of the song.
  • Guinness World Records list the world’s largest snowflake measured at 15 ins. wide.
  • Graupel is ice-snow pellets.
  • Powdery snow is fluffy and is the kind that can drift.
  • Granular snow has gone through a freezing/thawing process once on the ground.
  • Snowfall's intensity is determined by visibility.
    • When the visibility is over 0.62 mile, snow is considered light.
    • Moderate snow describes snowfall with visibility restrictions between 0.5 and 1 km.
    • Heavy snowfall describes conditions when visibility is less than 0.5 km.
    • Steady snows of significant intensity are often referred to as "snowstorms".
    • When snow is of variable intensity and short duration, it is described as a "snow shower".
    • The term snow flurry is used to describe the lightest form of a snow shower.
    • In the United States, a blizzard is occurring when two conditions are met for a period of three hours or more:
      • A sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour and sufficient snow in the air to reduce visibility to less than 0.25 mile. While heavy snowfall often occurs during blizzard conditions, falling snow is not a requirement, as blowing snow can create a ground blizzard.
      • Fresh snow absorbs and diminishes sound.

  • For the true trivial buff:  Within motion pictures, the sound of walking through snow is simulated using cornstarch, salt, or cat litter.
  • The world record for the highest seasonal total snowfall of 1,140 inches, was measured at Mt. Baker WA during the 1998–1999 season. 
  • Fresh snow reflects 90% or more of ultraviolet radiation.  The brightest night will be a full moon with some cloud cover and snow covered ground.  Moon reflects off the snow which reflects off the clouds and the night is bright.
  • Agatha Christy's "Murder on the Orient Express" was played out on a train stranded in a snow bank.
  • Very light snow is known to occur at high latitudes on Mars.
  • Snow is used to build igloos because the air pockets trapped in it make it an insulator. On the outside, temperatures may be as low as −49 °F, but on the inside the temperature may range from 19 °F to 61 °F when warmed by body heat alone.
  • The white light from the sun hitting the snow will reflect back and still be white light. Therefore, snow on the ground appears white.
  • About 20% of the earth dry land is permanently covered by snow. In the winter about 40% of the northern hemisphere lands are covered by snow.
And finally: 
  • Frosty can only be made from Christmas snow.
  • The abominable snowman or yeti is associated with the perpetual snow region of the Himalayas. A somewhat similarly described creature of W North America is known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
  • The Biggest Snowman was created in Bethel, Maine, USA in 2008 and was 122 ft 1 inch tall.
  • "Frosty The Snowman" song was first recorded by Gene Autry.
  • Bob Eckstein wrote "The History of the Snowman".

What happened when the snow girl fell out with the snow boy ?  She gave him the cold shoulder!

What do snowmen wear on their heads ?
Ice caps!

Where do snowmen go to dance ?

What do you get if cross a snowman and a shark ?
Frost bite!

This should give you a firm advantage during that heated Trivia game with the relatives on Christmas afternoon!

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