All week, people across the Lowcountry have talked about little other than snow:
Will it come? Yes. Will it stick? Yes. Will schools close? Yes.
Should we go for a spin and see if we really spin out? No. Please, no.
But Irving Rosenfeld, a frequent letter to the editor writer, has something else, actually someone else, on his mind - Wilson A. Bentley.
In 1925, Mr. Rosenfeld says, "Snowflake" Bentley did some research in Vermont. His findings were solid enough that Caltech built on it with its own research much later.
Mr. Bentley collected and photographed 5,000 snowflakes by catching them on black velvet. He found no two were alike, and he had stunning photographs to prove it.
Caltech then studied why that is the case. It has to do with a speck of dust, the temperature and how wet the air is.
But back to "Snowflake" Bentley. He donated his collection of glass-plate photomicrographs to the Buffalo Museum of Science. A collection is held in his hometown by the Jericho Historical Society. You can look it up.
Or better yet, get a copy of the delightful book "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian and read it with your children or grandchildren.
Mr. Bentley left us with a close-up view of nature that we can all contemplate on those rare snow days in the Lowcountry. But let's think about it as we warm our hands by the fire - not as we grip the steering wheel and try to get the car under control.
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