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Let's Go Snowflake Watching

If you live in a cold climate, then you can do more than just look at snowflake pictures. Go snowflake watching!

It's easy. All it takes is a magnifying glass, a little patience, and some nice warm clothes. Then just wait for the "qanniq" - those crystal jewels - to fall out of the sky.

They're small, only about 1-5 mm (see comparison to an American penny), but a cheap magnifying glass works just fine. Snowflakes show up nicely if you catch them on a background of black fabric or paper.

The best snowflakes seem to fall when you least expect it, so keep a small magnifier with a little square of black cardboard in your coat pocket - then you'll be ready.

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