Macro Photograph of a Snowflake

On this Day:

In 1887, in a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes were reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

Individual snowflakes are quite small, as you may have noticed, but sometimes they stick together and create a much larger snowflake. It is common to have big snowflakes sized around 3-5 centimeters , but in January 28th 1887 there was nothing common in the size of snowflakes flying in the air in army base of Fort Keogh, Montana, US.

During the day the snowflakes had been exceptionally big, but this one was a true giant. The soldiers guarding Fort Keogh witnessed very bizarre sight when the most massive snowflake ever fell from the sky. The flake was sized 38 centimetres and was 20 centimetres thick, meaning the snowflake falling from the sky was size of a dinner plate. In Finland kids like to play and try to catch the flakes with their tongues, with a snowflake this size it would be quite a dangerous game.

According to scientific theories, these giant snowflakes can in fact be formed easily. They are formed when a heavy, wet snow is falling with little wind. Under those conditions, flakes that have a slight surface sheen of water easily stick together and form larger flakes. So this giant flake of Fort Keogh was formed of many small snowflakes. Since biggest known snow crystal measured was only little over 1 centimeter from tip to tip, there must have been hundreds of them in this one massive flake (per

First, a Story:

What does Frosty the Snowman eat for breakfast?


Second, a Song:

Douglas Appling (born May 27, 1987), better known by his stage name Emancipator, is an American producer and DJ based in Portland, Oregon. He launched his music career by self-releasing his debut album Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006 while he was a college student. He has released five studio albums, two EPs, two remix collections, and one live album. He has also founded his own record label, and formed a live band, called the Emancipator Ensemble.

This video is a compilation that Lotus Zahra created using macro photos of snowflakes taken by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov set to “Anthem” by Emancipator. I hope you enjoy this!


Thought for the Day:

“Every avalanche begins with the movement of a single snowflake, and my hope is to move a snowflake.” – Thomas Frey

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Dave & Colleen

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