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Most of us have all made at least one snowman in our lives. It’s not a big deal – three big snowballs, something black to look like buttons and a carrot. How about going for something more ambitious?
#1 Making a snowman, however, does not have to be easy
#2 This is serious. That is why Jordy Hendrix of the Montana University had to address the problem
#3 According to his findings, to make a snowman, you need to use slightly damp snow (water content below 3%) or wet (water content 3 – 8 %)
#4 Thanks to the water content the snowflakes stick together and as a result it’s easier for us to shape the snowballs
#5 Do round shapes make sense? Yes, they do. Thanks to them there is sufficient pressures exerted on the snow which makes it keep its shape much more easily
#6 The best snow for making snowmen falls at 0 degrees Centigrade or slightly below 0
#7 It is just dump enough to be formed well
#8 The colder it is, the drier the snow. As a result, it loses its ‘sticky’properties
#9 When the temperature is positive (over 0 degrees Centigrade), the snow turns into a pulp that can be hardly formed
#10 So cutting the long story short, a good snowman needs appropriate weather conditions
#11 Snowmen making butterflies. Or just flies
#12 Sometimes they declare wars at their neighbors
#13 Olaf – the snowman celebrity
#14 It does not have to be a single snowman
#15 Why not stand out from the crowd?
In the USSR even snowmen had to be gigantic. This picture was taken in 1960
Have you made a snowman this winter?