Snow Flakes

snow crystals

Ever heard someone say that there are no two snowflakes exactly alike?  Our friends over at Snowcrystal.com says

“The short answer to the question is yes — it is indeed extremely unlikely that two complex snowflakes will look exactly alike.  It’s so extremely unlikely, in fact, that even if you looked at every one ever made you would not find any exact duplicates.
The long answer is a bit more involved — it depends on just what you mean by “alike,” and on just what you mean by “snowflake.”  Let’s look at the possibilities….” Find out more about snowflakes at snowflakes.com 

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Snowbow

We had a great time in the below zero weather taking pictures of our “snowbow.”

According to Christopher Baird a physics professor “Strictly speaking, a rainbow is defined as only caused by raindrops. However, the exact same physics that happens in raindrops also happens in snow and ice crystals and so they can also create color patterns similar to rainbows. They are just not called “rainbows”. They are called “icebows”, “halos”, “sun dogs” or “arcs”. Because ice and snow crystals have more complicated shapes than spherical raindrops, they can create more complicated color patterns than regular rainbows.”

So there you have it.  Our “Snowbow” explained.  We just think it’s pretty whatever you call it.