With their complex structures of plates, dendrites, columns, needles, prisms and crystals, snowflakes truly are a beauty to behold when you’re not trying to catch them with your tongue. They say that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. This is because not all water molecules are alike, and since snowflakes are made from water vapor, it follows that each will be slightly different. Snowflakes are also affected by atmospheric conditions and can change in shape and design as they fall from a cloud and are exposed to varying temperatures.
This mystery is just one of many explained as part of the Science, Technology and Business Division presentation of “Everyday Mysteries.” These mysteries deal with everyday phenomena that often are taken for granted but can be explained scientifically.