All about the snowy season of Winter

Winter is one of the seasons that often divides opinion with some people loving the snowy conditions and the excitement of the run up to the Christmas period whilst others dislike the cold and wet weather and are simply waiting for the warmer weather of the Spring to arrive.

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One thing that most people can agree on is that it is nice to curl up under a blanket in your nice warm home with a hot chocolate during the colder weather.  Keeping warm in winter is important, especially for the very young, the elderly and those with certain health conditions. This is why you should make sure that you arrange for a Gloucester Boiler Service company to check over your heating system before the cold snap kicks in. If you are looking for a reliable option, then Click here

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Winter is a magical season despite the chilly weather and here are a few interesting facts for you to have a look through:

  • The positioning of a country on the planet has an impact on the severity of the winter weather. In the Northern Hemisphere the weather tends to be more dramatic than in the Southern Hemisphere. This is because the Southern Hemisphere has less land masses and so the climate is of a maritime type. As well as the positioning of a country affecting the weather the positioning of the earth on its orbit also impacts the weather. Strangely during the winter months, the Earth is actually at the closest point to the sun in its entire orbit cycle.
  • Snowflakes are impressive creations. Back in 1887 a snowflake that measured 15 inches wide was recorded as having fallen in Montana. It is thought at a round one septillion (yes, it is a really number) individual snow crystals fall each year with the average snowflake falling at around 3 miles per hour.
  • Many animals and insects are perfectly adapted to deal with the colder weather although many of us like to help out our wildlife friends by providing them with options for shelter and food. In New Zealand an insect called Weta has a unique way of coping with the freezing weather. The insect actually allows itself to freeze with the weather and will remain frozen solid until the temperature starts to warm up when it will thaw out and carry on with its life as normal.