Snowmen were probably first made by people to scare away evil winter spirits. But now they are just a good excuse to have lots of fun in the snow!
Probably the most famous snowman is ‘Frosty the Snowman’ who appears in a Christmas song of the same name. The song was written in 1950 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. It was recorded in 1953 by the American singer Perry Como and became very popular. A film called Frosty the Snowman was made in 1969 and told the story of a magical snowman who came to life and became best friends with a little girl.
Some Snow and Ice Records
The largest snowman in the world was made in Bethel, Maine U.S.A on February 17th 1999. It was 113 ft, 7.5in (35.5m) high! It was called ‘Angus’ after Bethel’s town mayor!
The thickest ice in the world in found in Antarctica. The thickest bit of ice that scientists have measured by using radio echo soundings was 2.97 miles (4.8km) thick!
The most amount of snow to fall in 12 months was at a ski resort called Paradise on Mt Rainier, Washington state, USA It feel between February 19th 1971 and February 18th 1972, that was a total of 1224 inches! That’s 94ft (28.5m)! Perhaps it should be called Mt Snowier!