Friday, May 3, 2013

Just for Fun!!! Frozen Milk Blocks and Pink Snow!

Since warm weather has finally arrived here in Michigan where I live, yet I know my sister in Northern Wisconsin was expecting snow, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some fun weather facts today. Which of these do you find most interesting . . . 
  • The USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world, averaging around 1200 a year. This is due largely to its unique geography which forms an area in central USA called “Tornado Alley” which is frequently hit by tornadoes.
  • It is so cold in some parts of Russia that milk is sold in frozen blocks instead of in liquid form.
  • The temperature of lightning can reach 30,000ยบ C. When a tree is struck by lightning, the water inside the tree boils and the tree explodes.
  • The winter of 1932 in the US was so cold that Niagara falls froze completely solid!
  • If you live in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and the alpine regions of Colorado, you may experience the occasional pink snow.  It's caused by a microscopic reddish-colored algae, Chlamydomonas nivalis  which lives only in cold climates.  Even though people call it "watermelon snow", it is not edible as  the algae can be slightly toxic and you may get an upset stomach if you eat it.
I thought the frozen milk and the pink snow were the most interesting! So - were any of these "news" to you? Share them with your grandchildren and consider tracking your own fun weather facts over the summer! Start a journal and record the weather - or use a calendar and write in each days weather. If you have something unusual happen where you live, be sure to write it down. Who knows . . . maybe your weather will be record setting!

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