The storm that dropped temperatures and ice from Texas to the Mississippi is planning to bring snow my way later today. Anyone who’s read my loving winter post at Romance Books ’4′ Us this week already knows snow brings out the little kid in me. I’m not alone.
LOL that clip always makes me laugh.
We have a perfect sledding hill here. Many’s the winter when we’d invite friends for night sledding. We had it all — adult kids, real kids, sled-chasing (and riding) dogs, warm drinks, strong drinks and munchies. Our sledding nights were gloriously fun. Truck tire inner tubes, cafeteria trays, runner sleds, inflatables of all sorts, and toboggans ran our hill. If it could be ridden, we rode it. One year upon discovering our king-sized waterbed had a leak, we drained it and saved it for sledding. Imagine an inflated king-sized mattress with duct taped handles on it and 10 people piled on like a tackle at the Super Bowl. It was hysterical.
I think about running that hill at night every time we have deep snow. Then I think of that long trudge up the hill.
I stumbled upon some high-resolution magnified snowflake images yesterday and they got me thinking about the mechanics of snow. This is what gives a flake its shape:
As one of the states of water, snow is made up of two particles — hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen as the negative force becomes the center molecule that begins the snowflake. Hydrogen, the positive force, attaches to the sides (always 6 sides and always at a 104.5 degree angle). As this bundle drops from the sky it rolls and bumps into other molecules. These get attached and form the snowflake we all find so lovely. The process is rife with variables in temperature and humidity on the long fall to earth so that ensures no two are ever alike. They may be similar, but each is 100% unique.
When I was teaching, I’d describe all the mechanics to my students then follow with this fun project. If you’re interested in cutting out a 6-sided snowflake for winter decorations, youtube has many instructions for paper-folding and cutting “snowflakes”. A good portion of how-to videos offer a fun activity but the end product won’t be a 6-sided flake. You must start with a three fold for that perfect snowflake.
This site offers nice templates
One of the best math explanations comes from Vihart. I find all of her math and geometry videos exceptional. Here, she also shows how to cut out perfect paper stars.
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