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The largest snowflake ever recorded was reported to have fallen in Fort Keogh, Montana, on 28 January 1887. According to reports, the snowflake measured 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
It is said to have been witnessed by a cowboy named Wyatt Earp, who described it as “larger than a milk pail lid” and “as big as a dishpan.” However, the authenticity of this claim is debated as there is no photographic evidence and no scientific measurements were made at the time. The National Weather Service also states that snowflakes do not typically grow larger than 6 inches in size, due to the way they form and the conditions required for their growth, making it difficult to verify the authenticity of the Fort Keogh snowflake as the largest ever recorded.
On 28 January 2012, Google Doodle celebrated 125th Anniversary of the Largest Snowflake.Tags: 125th Anniversary of the Largest Snowflake, 28 January 1887, Largest Snowflake, Wyatt Earp