Snowpack produces 75% of water supply for western U.S. states.
The first U.S. patents for snow plows were issued in the 1840's.
The largest snow crystal formed inside a laboratory took one and a half hours to grow and was approximately one inch in diameter.
Each year avalanches claim more than 150 lives worldwide.
Each year more than 10 blizzards occur in the continental United States
The Antarctic Treaty of 1959 prohibits the establishment of military bases and the testing of any type of weapon in Antarctica.
Narrator: A single snowflake showcases nature's wonder, combined they flaunt its fury. Snow can stop a city in its tracks and let thrill seekers make their own. Scientists can create individual flakes in the lab while ski resorts make billions of them to stay in business. It wields the power of sudden death and its demise nurtures a new season. Now: Snow, on Modern Marvels.
Kenneth Libbrecht, PhD
Professor of Physics, CalTech
Thomas H. Painter, PhD
Research Scientists, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Gannet Hallar, PhD
Director, Storm Peak Laboratory
GeoEngineer, Storm Peak Laboratory
VP/Director of Operations, Telluride Ski Resort
Stephen R. West
Snow Making Plant Manager, Steamboat Ski Resort
Snow Safety Director, Telluride Ski Resort
Ed La Chapelle
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
Avalanche Rescue Expert
Distributor, Avalanche Airbag ABS system
Regional Director of Operations, NYSDOT
Driver Operator, NYSDOT
Robert Davis, PhD
CRREL Director and Research Scientist
James Lever, PhD
Mechanical Engineer, CRREL
Sally Shoop, PhD
Research Civil Engineer, CRREL
Mary Albert, PhD
Research Mechanical Engineer, CRREL
Curator, Perry-MacMillan Arctic Museum
President, Grand Shelters