The Different Shapes of Snowflakes

There is an old saying: “no two snowflakes are alike.” While that may well be true, their basic shapes are driven by temperature and atmospheric moisture content. Here is a look at their general categories.


Snowflake morphology diagram.  Image Credit: Kenneth Libbrecht/CalTech

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Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.