Delayed Fun Fact Friday

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With Friday being a “Snow Day” for the Portland Metro area, we still think it’s fair to provide a fun fact… And why not make it about the snowy weather we all experienced.  So here’s some fun knowledge for everyone:  All snowflakes have 6 sides and here’s why…

The oxygen atom has a particularly strong attraction to the electron clouds of the two hydrogen atoms and pulls them closer. This leaves the two hydrogen ends more positively charged, and the center of the “V” more negatively charged. When other water molecules “brush up” against this growing snowflake, strong forces between the negatively charged and positively charged parts of different particles cause them to join together in a very specific three-dimensional pattern with a six-sided symmetry. Each water molecule that joins the snowflake reflects this pattern until eventually we can see its macroscopic six-sided shape.

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