Cryophobia is the fear of cold, and chinophobia is the fear of snow. As we approach warmer weathers, we’re all developing a little bit of both, fearing that our long-awaited spring might be taken over by another Maryland snow storm. To make the cold and the snow here a little less terrifying, here are some fun facts about the winter.

It Snows Everywhere

The unfortunate facts, but it does snow everywhere. In 2011, the Atacama Desert in Chile accumulated 32 inches of snow due to a rare cold front from Antarctica.

Rare Snow in Atacama Desert, Chile
Visible-light image of the snowfall. Image Credit: NASA/MODIS

Thundersnow Exists

Most common by lakes, this winter phenomena can happen. It happens when relatively warm coloumns of air rise from the ground and form turbulent storm clouds. For thundersnow to happen, there are different factors that need to align perfectly, like air that’s warmer than the cloud cover above, and wind that pushes that warmer air upward.

The Snowiest City on Earth

The snowiest city on Earth is Aomori City, Japan. Average snowfall can accumulate up to 312 inches, or 26 feet. During the winter months, this city averages around freezing temperatures similar to ours. However, Aomori City gets more snow than we do because of the wind pattern pushing the cold Russian air over the sea, giving the air moisture that then turns in to snow.

Snow Angels

In February of 2007, 8,962 students set the world record for the most snow angels made at one time. This happened across several schools in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Most people making snow angels simultaneously
World record snow angels. Image Credit: Guinness World Records

Walk From the U.S. to Russia

An icy bridge forms between the Diomedes Islands, parts of which respectively belong to the U.S. and Russia, making it possible to walk from the U.S. to Russia.

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The Diomedes Islands. Image Credit: NASA

 

All in all, at least Eldersburg isn’t in one of the coldest countries in the world (that would be Antarctica, followed by Kazakhstan and Russia).┬áThat and Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow should be enough to get you through these last few weeks of winter.

If these fun facts aren’t enough to keep you satisfied, find some more here. We can do this, Eldersburg!

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