Snowflakes: Nature’s Unique Art



November 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Snow on Iola's square Monday afternoon. Photo courtesy of the author.

It?s only November and we?ve already had snow. (Some of us have even taken out the Christmas decorations!) This Monday, Allen County was blanketed with it! 

Everyone gets excited to see the first snowfall of the year. It?s beautiful! But why white? After all, water itself is colorless and transparent. And how does water even turn into the stuff of Christmas carols and poetry?

First, the basics: we know that water has three states depending upon the temperature and pressure. Below zero degrees Celsius, there?s snow. At normal temperature, water is well?.water. A liquid.  And at high temperatures or at low pressure, water converts to steam.  

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