Surprising Facts About Winter

Learn some astonishing facts about winter!

Kaylee Yakish, Contributor

  • More than 22 million tons of salt are used on U.S. roads each winter. that comes out to about 137 pounds of salt per person
  • It sometimes snows where you least expect it. Sahara desert to Hawaii, has record of snow, even here Las Vegas have sometimes have snow!
  • A little water can add up to a lot of snow, inch of rain in the summer equals about 10 inches of snow in the colder months.
  • Earth is closest to the sun in winter. It is three million miles closer than in summer.
  • A reindeer’s eye color change from golden to blue during winter. This helps them see in the dark.
  • In 1887, a 15-inch wide snowflake fell on the Fort Keogh Army Post in Montana that is still considered the largest ever.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.6 degrees Fahrenheit), measured at Vostok in 1983.
  • All snowflakes have 6 sides.
  • Around 12% of Earth’s land surface is covered in snow and ice.
  • The average snowflake ranges from a size slightly smaller than a penny to the width of a human hair.
  • The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
  • Chionophobia is the extreme dislike or fear of snow.
  • Aomori City in northern Japan receives more snowfall than any major city on the planet. Each year citizens are pummeled with 312 inches, or about 26 feet, of snow on average.


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