Whether the first breath of winter has turned the ground a glittering white, or you find yourself surrounded by the sort of blanketing an Arendelle villager would be shocked by, don’t be disheartened.Yes travel will probably be more difficult. Yes there are going to be an unfortunate lack of snow-days. And yes you are probably going to forget what your toes felt like before they resembled small aubergines. But now, thanks to the wonderful seasonal climate you live in, you can help collect data for a large scale science project.
Discover how the great outdoors isn’t just for snowmen – or women – thanks to the snow and ice researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, who need you to don your winter woollies and venture out into the frozen landscape as part of their civilian science team.
It’s quick and simple to help collect data. All you have to do is wrap up warm, endeavour to face the frozen outdoors (any Scott of the arctic cosplay is purely of your own free will), take a measurement of the depth of snow or ice wherever you are in the world and tweet your findings using the hashtag #Snowtweets. Tweets must include depth in centimetres or inches and your location, ie postal code or GPS. Don’t worry if you don’t have, or want, a twitter account you can still be a part of the team by using the webform to submit your measurement anonymously.