What Is Snow Made Out Of?

By | January 14, 2017

Do you make snow?

what is snow made out ofNo, snow if formed naturally in the atmosphere, though there are “imitation” or “man-made snow” that you can make at home!

What is snow made out of?

A snowflake starts as “ice crystals that form around dust grains” that are floating around, water vapor in the air sticks to the dust grains and that resulting droplet turns directly into ice.

Crystal faces appear on the water droplet than a prism forms with 6 faces with a top and bottom.

A cavity forms in each prism base because ice grows fastest near the edges, faster growth on the corners causes six branches to sprout the lines in each branch are due to ridges and grooves on the surface.

These 6 branches form the corners of a hexagon which occurs because the water molecules chemically bond into a hexagonal network when the temperature cools to minus 13-celsius new growth at the branch tips narrow.

At minus 14 side branches sprout on each branch, suddenly the crystals encounter a quick blast of warmer air followed by cooler air and more side branches sprout.

The crystals gradually warm making the tips long and narrow, the crystal encounters even warmer air which slows the growth and widens the tips.

Finally, this unique and delicate structure falls to the earth along with countless other snowflakes that make up the snow that we see…cool, right!?

Types of snow

Snow – pertains to frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when it precipitates from clouds and accumulates on surfaces, then metamorphoses in place, and ultimately melts, slides or sublimates away according to Wikipedia.

Sleet – Sleet which is a form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.

Freezing RainFreezing rain is the name given to rain that falls when surface temperatures are below freezing. Unlike a mixture of rain and snow also known as “sleet” or “hail” freezing rain is made entirely up of liquid droplets

Hail – It consists of balls of irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone

FrostFrost is the coating or deposit of ice that may form in humid air in cold conditions, usually overnight.

Does It Snow In Hawaii

Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Haleakala. Put location and elevation. How is it possible that it can snow here. Link to previous post to show that conditions can be met at these places.

What are the ingredients to make fake snow for kids projects or activity?

Method 1
Ingredients: Fake Snow
– Get unused diapers/pampers
– Water

-Open unused diapers/pampers and tear the inside open and shake into a pot collecting only the “salt looking” grains and removing the cotton.

-Just mix in water

Method 2 (smells better, gets cold)
– Conditioner
– Baking Soda

Mix until there is a slimy consistency and let it air out (dry)

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2 thoughts on “What Is Snow Made Out Of?

    1. admin

      Yes, it really is! We took Kekoa to a winter wonderland event here on Maui and the 1st method is what they used and Kekoa fully enjoyed himself at the little science fair that we had the chance to take him to, can’t wait to do more of these with him.


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