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What city in Wyoming is among the 10 snowiest? Is it true that all snowflakes are truly unique? Who took the first photograph of a snowflake? Come to the library to find out the answer (we have the books!)

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Did you know that snow is a mineral, just like diamonds and salt? At the center of almost every snow crystal is a tiny mote of dust, which can be anything from volcanic ash to a partical from outer space. According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflake ever recorded was a 15-incher that besieged Fort Keogh, Montana, in 1887.

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Thundersnow--a blizzard with visible lightning--is rare. But some scientisits hypothesize that all lightning is born of snow that's just out of sight: ice crystals in clouds collide and generate electricity.

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The whitest place in the United States is Valdez, Alaska--near the site of the infamous oil spill--which receives 326 inches of snow a year, on average. But it doesn't snow very much at the poles. Most blizzards there are made up of old snow that is blowing around. In Antarctica, the hard, flat snow reflects sound waves with incredible efficiency. Some researchers say they have heard human voices a mile away.

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Too much snow can drive a person crazy. Pibloktoq, a little-understood hysteria seen in people living in the Arctic, can cause a wide range of symtoms, including echolalia (senseless repetition of overheard words) and running around naked in the snow.

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So just enjoy it!

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Text by Susan Kruglinski. Kruglinski, Susan. "20 Things You Didn't Know About Snow." Discover 29.1(2008):80 Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 Dec.2015.

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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."--Lewis Carroll (

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