In recent weeks, we’ve seen temperatures plummet, with below freezing being recorded on some fell tops. Soon, there will be snow. Some people hate snow, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand all the hazards that come with snow, and like most, I avoid blizzard conditions like I would, the plague.
But, to me, there is something endearing about snow. Maybe it’s childhood memories of seemingly endless fun that makes me think this way. At the first flake, I’m there with nose pressed up against a window pane, watching in awe. I’m a big kid at heart.
The photo above was taken at the stone cairn on the top of nearby Dent Fell. A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. Cairns have been and are used for a broad variety of purposes, from prehistoric times to the present.
In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. However, since prehistory, they have also been built and used as burial monuments; for defence and hunting; for ceremonial purposes, sometimes relating to astronomy; to locate buried items, such as caches of food or objects; and to mark trails, among other purposes.
- Snow isn’t white – snowflakes are totally clear.
- Every snowflake is unique.
- The typical snowflake has 180 billion water molecules in it.
- The world’s largest snowflake was reported to be 15 inches across and 8 inches thick. The Guinness Book of World Records states that this giant snowflake was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887.
- The deepest snow ever recorded in an inhabited area of the UK was near Ruthin in North Wales during the severe Winter of 1946-47. A snow depth of 1.65 metres was recorded.