Save some snow to save some money


1328843_frozenWhen June rolls around and its 90 degrees, you’ll be wistfully thinking about all this nice, cool snow.

The Carnegie Science Center suggests packing a few snow balls and banking them in your freezer.

Oh yeah, and if you do, you can name your own admission price to the Science Center on the Summer Solstice, June 21, and then throw them into the Ohio River from the deck of the submarine U.S.S. Requin.

The National Weather Service has forecast three to five inches of snow between today and tomorrow morning, with an additional one to two inches tomorrow, so now is a perfect time to preserve a snowball.

Regardless of how much you pay for admission on June 21, your money will go toward the Science Center’s youth programs in the “STEM” areas: science, technology, engineering and math.  You can read about the Science Center’s Girls, Math & Science Partnership, one of its STEM programs, here.

Here are some fun snow facts from the Science Center:

  • Snow forms from tiny crystals in clouds. Snow is not frozen rain; that’s called sleet.
  • Most snowflakes melt before reaching the ground.
  • No two snowflakes are identical.
  • Each snowflake is made up of two to 200 separate crystals, on average
  • Although it appears white, snow actually is transparent. Snow crystals act as prisms and break up the Sun’s light into the entire color spectrum. The human eye can’t handle that kind of sensory overload, so it is processed as white. If a region’s soil contains more iron, giving it a reddish tinge, snow may appear pink—wind will blow dirt and dust into the atmosphere and clouds, where the snow crystals form initially.
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