Fun Weather Facts

 No two snowflakes are the same.
(A scientist photographed over 400,000 snowflakes to prove that fact!)
 Most snowflakes are six-sided. Sometimes the six sides are flat, and sometimes six decorative spokes radiate from the centre.
 A 'Positive Giant' is a bolt of lightning that strikes the ground up to 20 kms away from the storm, carrying more power than regular lightning. It seems to come out of clear sky, so the saying has arisen, 'a bolt from the blue'.

Canada and the northeast USA experienced bitter cold and snow all through the summer in 1916. This was because dust from a volcano blocked the sun.

The USA has more violent weather than any other country. Each year it averages about 10,000 big thunderstorms, 1000 tornadoes and hurricanes.  In one 24 hour period in 1974, 148 tornadoes hit midwestern USA, killing over 300 people and injuring 5000.
 If all the Antarctic ice cap melted, about a quarter of the world's land would be flooded as the oceans rose. When clouds are so low that it is impossible to see where the clouds end and the land begins, it is called a whiteout.
 The system used to mark the temperature in degrees (ºC) was named after a Swedish scientist, Anders Celsius. He invented it in 1742.  The lowest temperature ever recorded was minus 89.2ºC. It was recorded on 10 January 1982 in Antarctica.
 It is so cold in some parts of Russia that milk is sold in frozen blocks instead of in liquid form. The largest snowflake ever recorded measured 38 cm across. It fell in the United States in 1887.
 The first time that weather reports were published in a newspaper was in 1692 in England.  The capital of Finland, Helsinki, has 51 days in winter when it is dark for 24 hours a day, and 73 days of daylight in summer when the sun does not set.
 The driest place on Earth is the Atacama desert in South America. It gets less than 0.1 mm of rain each year.  The droplets of water vapour that make clouds are 1000 times smaller than a raindrop.
The temperature of lightning can reach 30,000ºC. When a tree is struck by lightning, the water inside the tree boils and the tree explodes.  A tornado in the United States picked up a 9 month old baby called Joshua Walls and carried him for 270 metres before putting him down unharmed.
The Empire State Building in New York is sometimes struck by lightning hundreds of times each because it doesn't have a lightning conductor.  60% of the earth's fresh water is frozen in the polar ice caps.

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Thomas, Ron & Sydenham, Shirley Fun Weather Facts [Online] (2000).

Other weather pages on kidcyber:
Clouds .. Cyclones & Tornadoes .. Cyclone Tracy .. Dew & Frost .. Ice .. Snow & Hail ..
Thunder & Lightning .. Wind

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