Not all Snow Crystals are Perfectly Symmetrical

December 25, 2020

Not all Snow Crystals are Perfectly Symmetrical

Photographer: Wilson Bentley 
Summary AuthorJim Foster 

We’re used to looking at pictures of snow crystals that are all perfectly symmetrical, but not everything goes right all of the time in the crystal making business up at the North Pole. This rather odd-looking snow crystal is one of the thousands of snow crystals in the collection of Wilson Bentley (Snowflake Bentley) at the Schwerdtfeger Library. According to the Lee/Magano system, it’s classified as a malformed crystal (P5). Though still six-sided, something obviously went awry when it initially formed. Nonetheless, its uniqueness perhaps makes it even more beautiful.

Wishing you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy 2021,
Erin Senoz, Stu Witmer, Jim Foster