images of snow – february 1996 by Rg Gregory
the chinese probably said
hundreds and thousands this morning
drop their garlands on my head
last night the festoons started
long before we went to bed
snow is a white-furred rabbit
the chinese probably wrote
hedgerows and fields this morning
wear a similar fluffy coat
last night the winter danced back
with a white fur round its throat
snow is a treacherous fox-face
the chinese probably thought
it lurks in wait this morning
for the weak and overwrought
last night it laughed its head off
loving the fear it’s brought
- Snow is transparent! It isn’t white. Honestly! It reflects so much color that our eyes can’t translate and they see it as white.
- Snow flakes are always 6 sided, though some of those sides can be quite misshapen.
- Each snowflake is made up of 2 to 200 crystals which leads me to…
- The largest snowflake! It was found in Montana a long, long time ago in an era far, far away. In 1887, a snowflake measuring 15 inches (!) across was found! It was also 8 (!) inches thick. How would you like that *little* bit of a snowflake hitting your windshield at 55 mph?
- The average snowfall in my little part of the world is 70.8 inches per year. If you are in the states, you can see your average here.
- Matching snow flakes were found in Wisconsin in 1988. So two snowflakes CAN be exactly alike!
- You really should not eat yellow snow….