We don’t know about you, but we’re getting ready to batten down the hatches for a storm that may turn out to be quite a blizzard. Even if it isn’t a full-blown nor’easter, we’re still in store for a little of the white stuff within the next 48 hours. It goes without saying, we suppose, that we’re thinking snow. Because we love strange little details, we wanted to dig up some cool (see what we did there?) snow facts:

  • The largest recorded snowflake was 15″ across and 8″ thick – wow!
  • The patent for the first snow shovel (one that both scooped & scraped) was granted in 1889 to Lydia Fairweather
  • Chionophobia is the fear of snow
  • Snowflakes fall at 5.5 feet per second
  • The Victorian Era was a period with serious air pollution. Because of this, the snow that fell was often dark gray
  • The U.S. averages about 105 snowstorms each winter