Friday December 13, 2013
In the middle of a deep freeze here, And I am leaving on a jet plane going to a warmer climate, for a couple of weeks.. all new to me!! But I will leave you with this little bit of UFI..
The Shovel Stopper
It looks like regular snow... until you try to clear it off your sidewalk and realize this snow weighs approximately nine million times as much as regular snow weighs. This stuff is dense. And it comes in two handy varieties: wet and rock. While the wet snow simply gives you a good workout to clear, the dry version is more akin to shovelling through concrete.
The snow that sits uncleared, typically on high-traffic streets. It eventually becomes brown and slushy and resembles a frozen, chocolate dessert. Makes you want to curl up with a bowl of brown sugar porridge and a glass of rum. Especially challenging for winter cyclists.
Light, powdery and gives everything a nice even dusting. So pretty you don't want it to melt. Perfect for holiday photos!
When temperatures drop below minus 20, dry Edmonton snow takes on a particularly granular, squeaky quality, guaranteed to let out a high pitched squeal and crunch when the heel of your boot lands. It's the snowy equivalent of nails on a chalkboard.
The Perfect Snow
The snow everyone loves — usually the first snowfall of the year. Big, fat, fluffy snowflakes that fall lazily, evoking nostalgic thoughts of kids skating on frozen ponds. The best part — it is a cinch to shovel! Lasts about 20 minutes before it is dirty and everyone is tired of it.
Enough said. Avoid at all costs.
Somewhere in between freezing rain and snow flakes lies the Ninja Throwing Star of precipitation. Shaped more like a pellet than a flake, the snow dart seems to appear only on the windiest of days, leaving you feeling like you've been through a thousand tiny knife fights by the time you've reached your destination. They find your face no matter which direction you point. There is no magic in this snow at all.
All sharp around the edges. Almost seems half ice and half snow. Very pretty and makes you want to get out a microscope for a closer look.
So very pretty. Until you can't find your car.
Comes early in the season, or late. Heavy wet snow that can be moulded into shapes - forts or creatures. Makes you want to throw on your snow pants and start hurling snowballs at your kids, spouse, neighbours- all under the guise of good, clean fun. Usually requires multiple pairs of gloves or mittens since they quickly become sodden.
When temperatures are just below zero and snow crystals refuse to bind to each other, makes transversing back alleys and side streets like walking over shifting sand.
You could wear this snow to your Christmas party and light up the room. It's light, it's fluffy, and it radiates silver sparkles. Makes the winter vista ever so cheerful.
Light. Fluffy. Like popcorn. Sparkly. Shiny. Always ready for a close-up. With my trusty shovel.
After a warmish day, the top layer of snow will melt and refreeze, creating a hard crust. Hides the loose snow below, convincing you that it is solid enough to walk across -- and now it is in your boot.
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