Naturalist’s Corner – Snow!

Naturalist’s Corner – Snow!

Posted January 15, 2020

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In New England, winter marks the time for plenty of snowstorms. Snow is formed when water freezes in the atmosphere. Each snowflake has a unique shape based on how the ice crystals form, but they are typically six-sided, symmetrical, and range in size from two to 200 ice crystals. If you look closely or use a magnifying glass, the details of each snowflake can be seen; their shapes can be tubes, stars, or plates.

Meteorologists use satellites and radar to track winter storms to ensure the community is well-informed about the severity of the storm and how to stay safe. To learn more about proper storm preparation, visit the mass.gov website. Snowy days are great for staying indoors to play games, read, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Once the storm is over and conditions are safe, there are a number of activities to do in the snow like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, building forts and snowmen, and even observing the beautiful shapes of snowflakes. Animal tracks are easily seen in fresh snow, so on your next snowy hike, keep an eye out for signs of wildlife in your area.

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