Was chillin’ last night with some other snowmen from Santa Claus, Inc., enjoying some frosty root beer.  We had just finished a photo shoot near Santa’s workshop for the 2014 calendar “Snowmen of the North Pole” when my phone rang.  It was the Chief Data Elf and he needed a holiday favor for our buddy Simon at Data Ladder.  I couldn’t say no to our good friend, so I got on Skype with Simon for a chat about my two favorite subjects: Christmas and snow.  So, for our good buddy Simon, here are my top five secrets on the science of snow:

  1. Each winter one septillion snow crystals drop from the sky.
  2. It takes about a million little droplets to make one snowflake.
  3. The Guinness Book of World Records states that a giant snowflake was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887. It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
  4. Mount Baker, in the North Cascades of Washington State, holds this amazing world record, a reported 1,140 inches accumulated during the 1998-99 snowfall season.
  5. The greatest amount of snow to fall within 24 hours in U.S. occurred in Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921: 76 inches of snow. Another impressive record of 63 inches was registered in Georgetown, Colorado on December 4, 1913. 

I hope you have found these facts interesting during these cold winter months. Snowfall this year is down across the US, but I hope at least, the idea of snow provides you with some cool holiday thoughts.  If you’re so blessed with snow and inclined to, check out How to Build the Best Snowman.  I have taught them everything I know about snowmen and yours will be totally awesome.
After you have created the best snowman in the neighborhood, come back in, warm yourself by the fire and go visit Simon at Data Ladder, to help you with all your data cleansing and record linkage issues.  The folks at Data Ladder know just how to clear up your fuzzy data and make your season bright and profitable.
After all, without a clean, manageable database of customers, how can you run your business efficiently? We understand the importance of record linkage, and how combining the right names and addresses across data sets must be done correctly. After all, in our business, if it’s not done right, then we will have a lot of unhappy children on Christmas.
We love partnering with Simon and Data Ladder here at Santa Claus, Inc.  With the record linkage tools they offer with Data Match, they ensure our operation runs flawlessly. Simon can roll a pretty mean snowball too!