Snow Traps

A prize-winning science fair project focuses on how snow fences create snowdrifts and increase water supply.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM May 30, 2006

Erica David was 11 years old when she discovered the scientific wonders of snow. Now, when even the biggest blizzards strike her area, she'd rather be out measuring wind gusts than sipping cocoa by a fire.

"Some kids call me crazy," says Erica, a 16-year-old sophomore at Pinedale High School in Wyoming. "Days with 20-mile-per-hour winds are my favorite snow days."

Erica has turned her love of snow into 5 years' worth of science fair projects, with no end in sight. The work has earned her t...

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