Friday, December 6, 2013

The Friday Five - Winter, Bluck!


Winter. Ew. This time of year is not my friend. It's all dark and cold and often snoy/icy/sleety. I want to curl up in my hoodie, sweat pants, find a snuggly blanket, and watch countless hours of daytime TV. But I won't. Instead, I'm telling you even more facts about this godawful season.

1) The winter of 1779-80 was so cold and nasty that ice piled 20 feet high on the Delmarva Coast (along Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) and stayed there until spring. The Potomac River froze and people could walk across it to the island of Kent.
Photo by A. Krappweis

2) S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) was first diagnosed in 1984. You'd think, especially after reading about Delmarva, that it would've been recognized a long time ago. Symptoms of S.A.D. start showing up in the fall and last until spring. They include lowered energy, grouchiness, and depression.

3) What's the difference between sleet and freezing rain? Sleet is frozen precipitation, freezing rain is liquid that freezes when it hits the ground or other objects.

4) On January 28, 1922 the Knickerbocker Storm in Washington D.C. killed almost 100 people when the weight of snow collapsed the Knickerbocker Theatre.

5) The most snow to ever fall in one day in the US was in Colorado at Silver Lake. A record 76 inches fell between April 14 and 15, 1921.

Stay warm, kids. If you're in a warm place, just know I'm insanely jealous right now.

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