Just in time for the upcoming cold snap, I was pointed to a recent article on Wired Science that highlighted some stunning photographs of different snowflakes under a microscope.
These were taken at the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Scientists used what's called a Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscope (It's OK -- I had to click on the link to see what it was too.)
Anyway, science aside, just enjoy these photographs, courtesy of "Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture."
And here is one of hail:
Plenty more photos can be found at their website.
How about some views of snow and ice zoomed out to more human levels? Can do.
These two are of Needle Ice west of Lake Bosworth taken by Frank Norton. (More info on Needle Ice here)
This next one was taken at Trilogy Golf Course by Connie Wahlin
Maybe we'll have a chance to see some more snowflakes up close and personal next week?