Happy Birthday, Snowflake!

Feb 4, 2015

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley's 150th birthday is a few days away. Bentley grew up in the village of Nashville, Vermont, where he would live his entire life as a farmer. But his love of meteorology and photography led him to an important discovery in 1885: how to photograph snowflakes.

For the next 46 years, he dedicated his life to photographing more than 5,000 of the beautiful snow crystals. On Tuesday, the town of Jericho will celebrate the life of Bentley with a symposium on his work.

We talk with Jericho Historical Society Vice President Brooks Buxton, Johnson State Photography Professor John Miller and Paul Sisson, the science and operations officer at the National Weather Service in Burlington about the life and creations of Bentley.

Also on the program, the Vermont Brain Bee is a competition held every February for high school students who are interested in neuroscience and the functioning of the brain. Event coordinator Lisa Bernardin and participant Timothy Gallagher explain more about the bee.

Broadcast live on Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.