From Milk Pans To Pizza: The Enormous Montana Snowflake
We have said it many times, Montana is a pretty amazing place. I am reminded how lucky I am to call this state my home all the time. There is so much to appreciate about Montana from the prairies to the mountains. The people in Montana, in my opinion, are also the best. There are also some incredible records that have been broken in our state.
There is one world record that is listed as happening in Montana that I am not sure will ever be duplicated anywhere else in the world and it has to do with the weather. Before we look at that, do you remember all of these weather record setting events that have happened in Montana over the years, check them out:
Montana's Top 10 Record-Setting Wild Weather Events
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Montana Holds the Record for Largest Snowflake Ever Recorded
There is another weather record that wasn't mentioned above. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Montana holds the world record for the largest snowflake ever recorded. According to Guinness:
On the night of 27 January 1887, a fierce winter storm dropped snowflakes described as "larger than milk pans" over the Clark Fork River valley, in the vicinity of a ranch owned by Matt Coleman, near Missoula in Montana, USA. Reports suggest that they were up to 1 ft 3 in (38 cm) wide and 8 in (20 cm) thick.
According to the report the snowflake was 15 inches wide (1ft. 3in). That is bigger than the average large pizza in the U.S., which is 14 inches wide. Imagine snowflakes as big as pizzas falling from the sky.
I know there are a lot of skiers and snowboarders that are dreaming for some snowflakes that big around this time of year. So far this season Mother Nature hasn't been cooperating. Do you think we will ever see another snowflake that big again? Only time will tell.
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