QFLH: November Session

Hello all! I hope first quarter treated everyone kindly. We’re finally reaching winter and realizing that the cold weather we were looking forward to beingback when it was blistering hot isn’t as nice as we imagined it would be. Bundle up and enjoy these facts and life hacks to help you make it through these months!

It is estimated that one septillion snowflakes fall on earth each winter. That’s a one followed by 24 zeros! And we’re supposed to believe that no two are alike? The coldest recorded temperature was -189.4° F in Antarctica in 1983. Thinking of it makes
Maryland weather seems a little more bearable in comparison.

You wouldn’t imagine that leaving your ceiling fan on would help your house feel warmer, but keeping it on low in a clockwise direction is one way to help regulate the temperature. It pulls the cold air in a room upwards, at the same time, pushing the warm air down.

Another way to stay warm is to heat your clothes before you get ready for school. Set out what you’re planning to wear and place an electric blanket on top of it in the morning to warm them up! Only turn it on for a couple minutes before you get dressed to avoid a fire hazard.

The fastest recorded change in temperature took place in Rapid City, South Dakota, where the temperature dropped from 55° F to 8° F in just 15 minutes! Even though it occurred in 1911, it still holds the record to this day!

Some of you might be driving to school in the morning but aren’t used to worrying about the freezing temperatures or snow. Save yourself some time in the morning by parking your car facing east so the rising sun is able to melt some of the snow and ice off your windshield. It might keep you from having to clean off your car so you won’t be late for your first period!

Contrary to common belief, winter is not caused by earth’s orbital distance from the sun. In fact, during this time of year, the earth is closest to the sun. Instead, the cold season has everything to do with the earth’s tilt. Right now, the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun on its axis, which is also why the southern hemisphere experiences summer now rather than June through August.

I hope these tips will help you get through the season. Stay cozy this winter and see you next issue!