Friday, December 13, 2013

Is there an "Ideal Snowman"?

This seems to be the seasonal "burning question" as the temperatures continue to drop this week. Philip Stephenson of weighs in on this topic in his article, The Science of Building the Perfect Snowman.

Snowman fun fact: Every year, around this time of winter’s arrival in the northern hemisphere, the search “build a snowman” peaks on Google Trends. 

So how does one begin to build the Ideal Snowman? 

According to the article, one of the best sources for snowman construction comes from a plan by an engineering class at Bluefield State College in West Virginia published in the journal Industrial Engineer

The most important consideration is finding the right snow and having the right temperature. It's also good to have a “foundation of at least two inches of wet snow,” since the depth of snow in your building zone becomes your building material. Our Snowman Expert, Bob Eckstein, was also quoted in the article.

You can read more about the details of perfect snowman conditions at the Quartz website.

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