We returned to average Alaska temperatures finally. The snow is crusty and hard and slick but awfully pretty up close.
I love the patterns that snow crystals take. They are intricate, symmetrical and each one unique. How does that happen? It is not magic, there is a reasonable scientific expiation, laid out perfectly in the diagram below (courtesy of Caltech: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/faqs/faqs.htm)