U.S. # 5034a
2015 49¢ Geometric Snowflakes
Flurries, squalls, snowstorms, nor’easters, snow bursts... all can drop significant amounts of white fluffy precipitation from the sky, but none are blizzards by definition.
To qualify as a blizzard, winds of at least 35 miles per hour must accompany snow falling for at least three straight hours with visibility decreased to under a quarter mile. Anything less is just snowfall. But with the right conditions even plain old snowfall can escalate into a full-blown blizzard.
Blizzards are feared not only for the dangerous conditions they create, but also for the aftermath of these brutal storms. Downed power lines and outages often follow in the wake of a blizzard. Bitter temperatures and limited heating solutions can cause frozen and burst pipes, leading to flooding and property damage. Significant snowfall often accompanies these storms, causing roadways to become slippery, obstructed or even completely impassable. Roofs may collapse under heavy snow and the stress of shoveling has been known to cause heart attacks.
Modern meteorology cannot decrease the severity of blizzards. But, luckily, the ability to predict such storms can lessen the impact on those stuck in its path.
Each of the 2015 Snowflake stamps pictures a different type of snowflake in a different color. They were designed by Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: October 23, 2015
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in double-sided booklets 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11 ¼ x 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 300,000,000 stamps
Snowflake stamps have proved a popular wintertime favorite since the first set was issued in 2006 in four different formats (U.S. #4101-16). There was also a set of four snowflake stamps issued in 2013 (U.S. #4808-12)