Winter storm "Nemo
" is headed for New England, and weather experts
more than two feet of snow in some areas. [more inside]
Winter is here in the northern hemisphere and there is snow in many places, including China. In Beijing, heavy snows can stop the city but can’t stop the fun, as this snowman and snow sculpture collection
The Digital Snow Museum
has all kinds of photographs and images of snow around the world. With an assortment of forecasting tools, weather maps
, travel reports, info for skiers and snowboarders, a library
and art gallery
. Let It Snow
. For those in the northern hemisphere, December 21st is the Winter Solstice
, also known as Yule, the darkest day of the year. From this day until that of Midsummer, the days grow longer. Previously
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Alaska's calling Yoooooooooooou!
Not interested in that Free Land
in North Dakota or Kansas? Anderson, Alaska
is giving away 26 lots on a first come, first serve basis. No gas station, no grocery store, no traffic lights, but grizzley bears abound!
No Time For Cold Feet
In the land of 10,000 lakes... 10,000 people dig for $10,000 buried in the snow. The 117th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
is under way -- it's day 11 of the medallion hunt and it hasn't been found yet! The modern medallion is made of translucent blue lucite and is approximately two inches in diameter and one-half inch thick.
It's hidden somewhere (on public land) in Ramsey County, which covers over 140 square miles. Here are this year's clues
. Who says Minnesota isn't fun in January? Past medallion locations!
Wilson A. Bentley
spent half a lifetime photographing snowflakes. The Smithsonian rejected his huge collection of photographs, on which his book
was based. Now Buffalo, New York, a major snow capital,
will feature Bentley's work
in its "Winter Wonders" exhibit. More snowflakes
can be seen on Cal Tech's snow crystals
site (last cited in MeFi last January
). Another city obsessed with snow is
Asahikawa, Japan, home of the Austrian-inspired Snow Crystal Museum
. The scientifically inclined may prefer this paper
on the formation of ice-crystal patterns.