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It's Snowing in my CPU — a Snowflake catalogue

She was all stars and arrows, squares and triangles of ice and light, like a church window; she was like a flower with many shining petals; she was like lace and she was like a diamond. But best of all, she was herself and unlike any of her kind.
— Paul Gallico, Snowflake

Go ahead, meet some snowflakes.

leynwe
monia
sonye
libline
rusers
owtune
shancel

Somewhere in the world, it's snowing. But you don't need to go far—it's always snowing on this page. Explore light flurries, snowflake families and individual flakes. There are many unusual snowflakes and snowflake family 12 and family 46 are very interesting.

But don't settle for only pixel snowflakes—make an STL file and 3D print your own flakes!

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And if after reading about my flakes you want more, get your frozen fix with Kenneth Libbrecht's excellent work and Paul Gallico's Snowflake.

Show a random flake or a random flake from this family.

snowflake jovis

name jovis
gender boy
family 4
hex 20, 14
t-SNE 82.1, 49.3

ρ vapor mass 0.4773500191 –1.10   16%
κ freezing 0.0164226355 0.56   66%
μ melting 0.1171288287 1.28   87%
γ melting 0.0000541820 –1.59   5%
α attachment 0.1562874176 –0.28   41%
β attachment 1.1182321476 –0.69   26%
θ attachment 0.0355644027 –0.27   48%
n growth steps 10082 0.04   69%

The flake's ranking relative to other flakes with respect to each parameter is shown as a z-score (`(x-\mu)/\sigma`) and percentile.

snowflake files and resources

Download the snowflake's runfile.

Generate STL file for 3D printing.

high-resolution snowflake images

These are the original simulation images. Each snowflake was grown on a 800 × 800 hexagonal grid.

cartesian grid


hex grid


cartesian grid with vapor


hex grid with vapor



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