Snow in July? Take the ultimate snow quiz!


Wild weather in July 2011 left some people in California ditching their bikinis and beach towels in favor of skis and snowsuits. See what you know about the deepest, fastest, tastiest and most unusual snowfalls on record!

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Question 1 of 20

Fact or fiction: It is possible, though extremely unlikely, to find two identical snowflakes.


... Fact: Snowflakes form up to 6 miles (10 kilometers) above the surface of the Earth. As they descend, changes in humidity, temperature and wind help to determine their exact shape and structure. While it's technically possible for two snowflakes to take on exactly the same design, it's also highly unlikely.


Question 2 of 20

What is the snowiest sea-level city in the world?

Valdez, Alaska
Nagoya, Japan
New York

... With an average 320 inches (8.1 meters) of snowfall each year, the fishing village of Valdez, Alaska, is the snowiest sea-level city on the planet.


Question 3 of 20

Fact or fiction: The South Pole gets hundreds of feet of snow each year, but conditions in the area make total snowfall difficult to measure.


... Fiction: The South Pole is actually one of the driest spots on the planet, and gets just 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of snow each year.


Question 4 of 20

Where can you find the deepest snow on Earth?


... The mountains of Honshu Island, Japan get more snow than any other location, with an average annual snowfall of 1,200 to 1,500 inches (30.48 to 38.1 meters). The area remains accessible year-round thanks to a "snow canyon" carved into the landscape.


Question 5 of 20

Which state was home to the greatest recorded snow depth in U.S. history?

North Dakota

... Tamarack, in the Sierra Mountains of California, holds claim to the deepest snow ever on record in the United States, with more than 37.5 feet (11.3 meters) of snow on the ground in March 1911. This area is now home to the Bear Valley Ski Resort.


Question 6 of 20

Which of the following states receives the most snow each year on average in the U.S.?

New York

... The northwest U.S., including Washington state, receives the highest average snowfall in the U.S. each year. The top 10 snowiest spots in the country are all found in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Utah and Colorado.


Question 7 of 20

By circumference, how large is the biggest snowball ever made as of September 2012?

8 feet (2.4 meters)
15 feet (4.6 meters)
23 feet (7 meters)

... In February 2011, 10 people at the University of Massachusetts rolled a record-breaking snowball, which measured more than 23 feet (7 meters) in circumference.


Question 8 of 20

What's the fastest anyone has ever traveled on a gravity-powered sled?

more than 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour
35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour
18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour

... German Rolf Allerdissen holds the world record for fastest ride on a gravity-powered sled. He reached speeds in excess of 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in Austria in 2010.


Question 9 of 20

What flavor was the world's largest snowcone, which was made in Texas in 2011?

birthday cake
blue raspberry

... The world's largest snowcone was built in 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. It weighed 25,080 pounds (11,376 kilograms) and was flavored to taste like a birthday cake.


Question 10 of 20

Fact or fiction: Snow appears white because of its extremely cold temperature.


... Fiction: Snow appears white because of its crystal structure. As light bounces through snow, it produces every visible color at once, which your eyes interpret as white.


Question 11 of 20

What's the most snow that's ever fallen in a 24-hour period in a single location?

41 inches (1 meters)
60 inches (1.5 meters)
75 inches (1.9 meters)

... In April 1921, just more than 75 inches (1.9 meters) of snow fell on Silver Lake, Colo., in a 24-hour period. Over a total of 32 hours, the area received a whopping 95 inches (2.4 meters).


Question 12 of 20

Fact or fiction: Snowflakes are usually small, but some rare flakes may be the size of dinner plates.


... Fact: According to a 2007 New York Times article, a Montana farmer spotted snowflakes measuring 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) in diameter in 1887, though no empirical evidence exists to support this claim. Reliable reports by professionals in the field suggest that snowflakes measuring 2 to 6 inches (5.1 centimeters to 15.2 centimeters) in diameter are not unheard of.


Question 13 of 20

Which state lays claim to the world's tallest snowman?


... Residents of Bethel, Maine spent more than a month building a giant snow-woman in early 2008. Their creation measured 122 feet (37.21 meters) in height.


Question 14 of 20

Fact or fiction: The Guinness World Record holder for the title of "worst snowstorm disaster in history" is the series of storms that hit the eastern U.S. in March 1993.


... Fact: In March 1993, snowstorms across the eastern U.S. claimed 500 lives and caused $1.2 billion in damage.


Question 15 of 20

Which Olympics was the first in which artificial snow was used?

Lake Placid 1980
Innsbruck 1964
Lake Placid 1932

... A lack of snowfall forced event organizers to use artificial snow in the Winter Olympics for the first time at the 1980 games in Lake Placid.


Question 16 of 20

Fact or fiction: It's impossible for snow to form on other planets due to a lack of moisture.


... Fiction: In 2008, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft spotted snow falling from clouds on Mars. Unfortunately, the precipitation disappeared before it could reach the ground.


Question 17 of 20

In February 2010, MSNBC reported the presence of snow on the ground in every state but this one.


... In February 2010, more than 75 percent of the U.S. was covered with snow. Snow touched ground in all 50 states, with the exception of one -- Hawaii.


Question 18 of 20

What's the most snow that's ever fallen from a single storm?

16 feet (4.9 meters)
9 feet (2.7 meters)
6 feet (1.8 meters)

... Over a four-day period in April 1880, more than 16 feet (4.9 meters) of snow fell during a single snowstorm in the Sierra Nevadas.


Question 19 of 20

Which state holds the world record for the most snow angels ever created at one time?

North Dakota

... In 2007, nearly 9,000 people gathered in Bismarck, N.D., to create snow angels.


Question 20 of 20

Where can you find the world's largest indoor ski resort?


... The world's largest indoor ski resort is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The resort is home to the world's first indoor black diamond run, which is designed for advanced skiers.


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