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Snow was predicted in Kentucky this week, but when that does happen it’s never really record-breaking like in some other places.

 

As we know, the major snow-prone areas are the Arctic and Antarctic, the Alpine regions, and the Northern Hemisphere. 


Glaciers with permanent snow peaks cover 10% of Earth's surface, and seasonal snow, 9% in the north, where it covers about 30 million square 

miles.


In Washington State during the 1998-99 season, 94 feet of snow fell; in New York City alone, during the 2016 blizzard, there was 28 feet of it. The highest annual snowfall is in Japan, reaching 56 feet.


The largest snowflake recorded was 15" in diameter.


Snow affects in a negative way transportation, structures, and agriculture, and in a positive way, sports such as ice skating and skiing. In the 20th century an average of $2 billion was spent annually in North America alone for roadway winter maintenance.


A snowfall is quite beautiful, but probably "Let it Snow, let it Snow, let it Snow..." can be sung most comfortably and confidently when viewing it through a window in a warm, cozy home.

 

 


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.


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