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In Silico Flurries: Computing a world of snow. Scientific American. 23 December 2017


thermodynamics + art

Explore the land of Neradia and meet the snowflake named Arenh Jerrus of Bosmen in the wintertime tale In Silico Flurries: Computing the world of snow,
a Scientific American "SA Visual" story about beauty, imagination and machine learning by Jake Lever and myself.

It's Snowing in my CPU — a Snowflake catalogue

Art is science in love.
— E.F. Weisslitz

Go ahead, meet some snowflakes.

leperroll
sammon
tererto
shasyd
vinben
lemardo
sesthon


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.

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

snowflake charlin

name charlin
gender boy
family 12
hex 11, 39
t-SNE 47.0, 138.6

ρ vapor mass 0.4240226865 –1.84   7%
κ freezing 0.0159345704 0.49   64%
μ melting 0.0069680986 –1.45   5%
γ melting 0.0000819184 0.46   64%
α attachment 0.2490991486 0.63   67%
β attachment 1.1975684741 –0.25   53%
θ attachment 0.0106628857 –1.00   12%
n growth steps 9250 –0.07   65%

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

Download the snowflake's runfile.

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