Because all work and no play makes for lumpy mashed potatoes, Resers Foodservice has assembled a few fun facts to brighten your Wintery day.
Did you know the word winter comes from the Germanic wintar which is derived from the root word meaning wet or water, signifying a wet season. This probably was not a surprise.
Winter, defined by the Earth’s orbit around the sun, begins on the Equinox and Solstice which falls on 21 or 22 of December. However, when recording and comparing climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared, and so for this reason a fixed date of December 1 is used to mark the start of the meteorological Winter.
In Anglo-Saxon cultures, years were counted by the winters, so a person could be said to be “2 winters old”.
Ever wonder why sometimes snow sticks together and sometimes is powdery and loose? The reason is the journey a snowflake takes as it falls through the atmosphere.
Snowflakes that fall through a dry, cool atmosphere will be small and powdery and won’t stick together. This is dry snow and ideal for snowflakes, but not for building a snowman.
The snowflakes that form wet snow will have fallen through temperatures slightly warmer that 0 °C. As they fall, the snowflakes melt slightly around the edges and stick together to form large, heavy flakes. This sticks together easily and is the best for a snowball fight or making a snowman.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records, on January 28, 1887, a snowflake 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick fell in Fort Keogh, Montana, making it the largest snowflake ever observed.
A New Zealand insect call the Weta freezes completely solid when temperatures drop during the winter. However, when temperatures warm back up, the insect unfreezes, thaws, and resumes its activities!
Some reindeer living in the Arctic Circle live in complete darkness for several weeks of the year. To adapt to this, a small area of tissue behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum changes from a gold color in summer months to a blue in winter! This allows the reindeer’s eyes to detect ultraviolet light and to see in the dark.
Stay warm and check back soon for more Reser’s Fun Facts! We are always trying to squeeze a bit of fun and superfluous information into your day!
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