We know all about snow here in MinneSNOWta... or do we?

I love Star Trek.   Here is a fun little version of Let It Snow with Captain Picard.

It's funny how you can literally insert snow into just about anything, and I know I have heard it used quite a bit to describe things, because the winter seems never ending here at times.   Some people like snow, I am not really very fond of it because it is cold, makes driving no fun, and it just never seems to go away.  People name storms, even the snow itself has been referred to  and labeled such things as Champagne, Powder, Sticky, Fluffy, and even Mashed Potatoes.

The Guinness Book of World Records claims that a giant snowflake was found on January 28, 1887 that measured 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

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Many people, including myself, have often assumed that snow is either white or even blueish in hue, but snow is actually colorless.   The National Snow and Ice Data Center provides this explanation:  “the complex structure of snow crystals results in countless tiny surfaces from which visible light is efficiently reflected. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed uniformly over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.”   Snow can range from yellow and orange, and no not just from some animal doing their business, altho, I am sure that can change snow yellow also, but even colors such as green and purple have been displayed in snow and snowflakes.

There are algae that are able to withstand the cold temperatures and grow on snow and ice in the polar and alpine regions of the world, which can color snow yellow, red, orange, brown and green.   Scientists claim that orange snow fell over Siberia in 2007 and that Russia was covered by pink snow in 2010.

A single snow storm alone can drop more than 39 million tons of Snow.   That is just crazy! Let's hope that doesn't happen any time in our near future.