While a white Christmas may seem like a beautiful story book way to celebrate the holidays, many people don’t realize how much of a hassle snow can be. Keeping sidewalks and driveways free of ice and snow can turn into a full time job for those who live in snowy areas. These overworked souls will try anything to make clearing all that snow a little bit easier, and some of the methods they utilize can be a bit unusual. Here are 10 unusual ways to remove snow:
- Sprinkle Salt: Adding salt to frozen snow lowers the temperature at which ice melts and is an effective way to melt snow and prevent ice from forming. In fact, if you’re expecting a freeze, sprinkling some salt on walkways and sidewalks will prevent ice and snow from accumulating. Salting is a great way to remove snow and keep your driveway and sidewalk clear of frozen obstacles.
- Sweep: When you don’t have a shovel (and even when you do), try removing snow with a broom. You can sweep it off the walkways and even scoop it up with a dust pan. Rather than breaking your back with a shovel, sweeping snow can be a bit easier, especially when there isn’t a huge amount of snow on the ground.
Snow Potential by Midnight Thursday. Models are hinting at an inch or 2 from Thursday's clipper - right now it doesn't look terribly impressive, certainly not nearly on a scale with last week's (Pacific-reinforced) Alberta Clipper that deposited a 4-12" carpet of white Friday night.
Heaviest Rains In Columbia's History Trigger Deadly Landslides: 145 Killed Or Missing. From Jeff Master's Wunderblog: "Colombia's heaviest rains in history triggered a landslide in the poor hillside community of Bello on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and leaving 125 missing. This year's unprecedented rainy season had already killed 176 people prior to Sunday, making it one of the deadliest flooding years in Colombia's history, according to the director of Colombia's national disaster management office, Luz Armanda Pulido. In 2009, 110 people died in flooding disasters, and 48 were killed in 2008, according to Colombian Red Cross director of national relief operations Carlos Ivan Marquez. This year's rains are the heaviest in the 42 years since Colombia's weather service was created and began taking data, agency director Ricardo Lozano said."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, still cold. Low: 3
Look Out Below! Icequake Swarms Portend Some Avalanches. We have to worry about snow and ice, but at least avalanches are not in the lexicon of Minnesota meteorologists. From sciencenews.com: "Research on the Swiss peak Weisshorn reveals that telltale tremors in a glacier, called icequakes, can alert scientists to an impending avalanche as much as two weeks before an event." The complete story is here.
* U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Global Warming Case. From the Boston Globe: "The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a global warming pollution case filed by environmental groups and eight states, including Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In a 2004 lawsuit, the groups claimed American Electric Power Co. and four other electric power corporations that at the time were the U.S.’s five largest emitters of greenhouse gases were contributing to a public nuisance: Global warming."
"In addition, several of the findings of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concerning the eventual impacts of climate change in developing countries were found to be exaggerated or simply not true. We understand that reforms of the IPCC process are currently underway and we believe that no American taxpayer dollars should be committed to a global climate fund based on information that is not accurate."