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The Snowflake Man

2012/02/04

Here is a story that will go straight to your hearts.  On Valentine’s Day last year, the Public Domain Review published a short biography, by Keith C. Heidorn, of theVermont farmer Wilson Alwyn Bentley who came to be known as the Snowflake Man (http://publicdomainreview.org/2011/02/14/the-snowflake-man-of-vermont/).  In the early 1900’s, several decades before Ukichiro Nakaya gained critical acclaim for his photographs and scientific studies of the formation of snowflakes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukichiro_Nakaya ), the self-taught Vermont farmer had published a book containing about 2500 photographs of snowflakes.  During his life-long passion with photographing weather phenomena including frost and dew, he also made observations of hundreds of raindrops. 

 The Jericho Historical Society in Bentley’s hometown maintains the official website on Bentley’s life and work: http://snowflakebentley.com/index.htm.

 The author of the short biography, K.C. Heidorn, is a semi-retired meteorologist and climatologist who maintains The Weather Doctor website:  http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/doctor.htm

All of the above websites are full of beautiful photographs and resource information about the formation of ice.

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