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Updated: May 15, 2019

Learning About Snow

Learning About Snow

Snowflakes and kids are made for each other. You can use your children's natural curiosity about snow as a gateway into scientific exploration. Here's a primer.

Where does snow come from?

As a child, my grandmother used to tell me that snowflakes were pieces of clouds shaken loose when the angels danced with God. Her explanation was at least partly correct. Snow crystals are born in the clouds when water vapor freezes on a particle of dust, a floating bit of bacteria, or another solid material.