Top 5 web-only stories this week |

Top 5 web-only stories this week

A snowflake begins forming when a tiny dust or pollen particle comes into contact with water vapor high in the earth’s atmosphere.
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1. Have you ever wondered about the science behind snow formation?

According to Tahoe nature lover Toree Warfield, “As I blaze a trail snowshoeing through the woods, I start to wonder about the science of snow: how do snowflakes form, why are the flakes shaped the way they are and what causes the delightful crunching sound when it’s cold? … The science of snow basically comes down to chemistry and the properties of water.”

2. Try an online recipe for Mémé’s Valentine’s Day Wine Cake, by Tahoe food writer Simone Grandmain.

3. Consider booking a couple’s massage with essential oils this Valentine’s Day.

“Certain aromas bring our minds into a more relaxed, open and loving space,” said Sarah McCallum, a Tahoe-based massage therapist. “ … Essential oils like Ylang-Ylang and Rose can heighten this type of romantic gesture by uplifting the mood and calming the mind. Other essential oils like Sandalwood and Patchouli may appeal to men who would rather not smell like a flower at the end of their session.”

4. It’s movie night! Try “Hail, Caesar!”

According to Lisa Miller, a Tahoe-based movie reviewer, “Populated by a diverse cast of characters, the bouncy plot showcases a number of interesting relationships and world views. For the film to work, each character must be seen to accept his place in the system and trust that powers greater than themselves are pulling the strings for everyone’s benefit. If Hollywood is the religion, then we are its true believers. Can I get an Amen?”

5. The Associated Press recently reported that “Current state plans for a $68 billion high-speed rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time voters were promised when they approved the project, attorneys for a group of landowners opposing the system argued in court Thursday.”

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