Fast facts

The tiniest snowflake ever recorded: 1/500 of an inch in diameter. Largest snowflakes: 15 inches in diameter and eight inches thick. They fell in Montana in 1887.

Coldest towns on earth: Verkhoyansk and Oymyakon, Siberia, with temperatures as low as -95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Very thin, weak ice is known as “”cat ice”” because it can’t even support the weight of a cat.

The largest hailstone ever recorded was 17.5 inches in diameter – bigger than a basketball.