To take advantage of all our newly fallen snow that’s just a handful away, we did a few science experiments on our snow.

VOLUMES OF SNOW VS MELTED SNOW WATER

Yesterday the meteorologist predicted 18 inches of snow to fall in the mountains. Does that mean 18 inches of water? Let’s find out. We gathered a jarful of snow, right outside our kitchen.

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Gathering fresh mountain snow

After Satori filled it to the brim (no packing down), we measured with a tape measure. Fresh snow in a jar measured to be 5 inches.

5 inches of snow

5 inches of fresh snow

Two hours later, it was completely melted. (By this time Daddy got home from his snowstorm delay and got to help us.)

Did we still have 5 inches of melted snow? No, it was only one inch of water!

1 inch of melted snow

1 inch of melted snow

Maddie lapped up the fresh snow and we also went over the results of our second experiment.

SALT AND SNOW

Does snow melt faster by itself, or with salt on top?

Does salt help snow melt faster?

Does salt help snow melt faster?

And I’m sorry to say that the snow melted before we could make a photo comparison, but we did see right away that the snow with SALT melted faster!

EXAMINING SNOW WITH MICROSCOPE

I finally got Satori to peruse the snowflake website so we got to see all the different possible types of snowflakes, and what might form in what temperatures. Then I pulled out our black cutting board I had stuck in the freezer overnight and collected some snow. We whipped out our magnifying glasses and looked at the individual flakes. But both Satori and I were a bit disappointed in these flakes, as yesterday, we had TONS of fresh fluffy snow falling down fast! Too bad I didn’t get the idea at that time.

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Examining Snow

If you click on this photo for more detail, you can kinda see some 6-pointed snowflakes.

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Using a microscope on snow

We were so happy to see our neighbors use their big truck to plow our overwhelmingly steep and long driveway, we’ve been stuck at home all week! Just like Katy and the Big Snow, we needed help to get out of our house. 🙂

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Plowed driveway, we can get out of our house!