The sad snowman in our backyard is sad.
Living on the prairies means the snow is rarely wet enough to gather together into balls to build a snowman, so our guy ends up kinda lounging.
It’s not our fault, really. There is science to building the perfect snowman and if you’re wanting to tackle one of these 25 Incredible Snowmen, then you need to know your science of snow.
Quartz has a great piece breaking things down and it all starts with the snow.
“The snow has to be somewhere right around 30°F (-1 °C), where there’s just a little moisture in it. It can’t be too cold or not cold enough,” Professor Roy Pruett at Bluefield State College in West Virginia told the site.
Once you’ve had a lot near the freezing mark, you need to set about to make a good foundation. The best snowmen are built on at least 2 inches of wet snow for the base. If you want it to last, make sure it’s in the shade, on level ground, and away from open wind.
Next you’ll need to make your snowballs. Engineers have figured the best dimensions are for a 6 foot snowman with the base being 3 feet, the middle being 2 feet, and the head being 1 feet diameter balls. That’s almost 19 cubic feet of snow you’ll need, so make sure there’s enough before you get started.
If you’re not convinced this is the best way to build a snowman, then check out the patent from Ignacio Marc Asperas of Melville, NY. In 2006, he filed a 25-page patent detailing the “Apparatus for Facilitating the Construction of a Snow Man/Woman.” In 2011, the 8,011,991th United States Patent approved his methods.
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