An Explanation of the Truly Ugly Nature of Snowflakes and How They Form

Typically, snowflakes are thought of as beautiful and symmetrical crystals, but as Hank Green explains in a recent episode of SciShow, they are more often than not irregular frozen blobs. Since ice crystals form differently under various weather conditions, and a falling snowflake experiences a range of those conditions as it tumbles to the ground, snowflakes rarely form in the ideal way in which people are used to seeing them depicted.