[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYrF3sFBY20?rel=0&w=660&h=371]You know snow, sure you do. But how well do you know snow? Can you look at a snowflake and decipher how and under what conditions it formed? What the temperature was when it branched? Or the humidity?
This video describes the early life cycle of a snowflake, and it’s pretty darn cool. Even though I rather smugly thought I knew more about crystals, I actually learned a thing or two. Note that it’s from the American Chemical Society, so one must be vigilant against propaganda and subliminal messaging (“BPA is good…BPA is good…”), but we vetted it through the AJ labs and it appears to be clean. Still as a precaution, after you’re done, give this Telluride skiing video from Ben Knight a view to act as a disinfectant, just in case.