Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No Snow Today!

Right now the sun is shining and the temperature will go into the 40s.  There is a prediction of rain showers for later today.  I think just about everyone is weary of the 55 inches of snow that we have received this winter.  The biggest storm was about 10 inches, but these smaller snowfalls have added up.  This morning Mr. G said that there has been snow on the ground for 30 consecutive days.  He said the record is 56 straight days of snow on the grounds which was likely during the winter of 1995-96 when there was 75 inches of snow.

Now the snow will continue to melt which creates different problems.  Since the  the melted snow has nowhere to go many puddles will be created.  When the temperature goes below freezing these puddles will trun to ice.  There is also the problem of ice falling from buildings.  A story from NY1 states "Salt used for de-icing mixes with water, which then eats away at underground wires. It can make pathways electric, especially metal grates and manhole covers, a hazard that many dog owners say they're well aware of."  A few dogs have died from electrical shocks.  There will be pothole problems caused by the freeze-thaw cycles.

In any event the winter is not over.  There have been some very bad snowstorms in March in NYC.

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