That is a question many people have never asked themselves until they shovel what is thought to be the heaviest snow ever deposited. Maybe you are thinking, well, it depends on the size of the shovel and how much snow it will hold. Or perhaps the temperature in the air is another variable. Warmer temperature tends to bring snow with a higher water content making it feel a lot heavier than dry snow. It can often mean the difference between snow that is good for making snowballs or snowmen as opposed to snow that is powdery and good for skiing and sledding.
To find out an answer for our current snowfall, let's use this orange shovel for an example. It weighs around 3 pounds.
Now let's fill it up with snow, a reasonable sized scoop, and weigh again.
This one is clocking in at an impressive 16 pounds, minus 3 for the shovel, and that is a hefty 13 pounds of snow. It felt much more like 25. It was a heavy one. But beautiful. The heaviness made it stick to the trees a little better. Too bad a big wind early this morning managed to bring a lot of it down. A little sunshine quickened the process as well. Still it was lovely. Here is a pano from my backyard. I enjoyed it but did not have to drive far in it. Maybe I'll be posting images of spring next time?
I used to be like a lot of people out there and get positively grouchy about even one snow flake falling after March 31. The calendar clearly states that Spring begins on March 21, give or take a day, and this year, even Puxtawaney Phil announced that we would finally be rewarded with an early spring. I saw a billboard a couple weeks ago that said "OK Winter, You Win, Enough Already". I think a lot of people at this point would agree.
So, with it being April 11 today, and receiving this beautiful new blanket of snow, I thought I would share with you 11 reasons why I have converted and am now one of those who likes an April snowfall. Please consider the following:
1. Enjoying a nice walk outside without turning into a human icicle
2. Tulips and crocuses that will not be bullied around by snow
3. Another chance to wear that ski sweater or snow flake earrings (I saw them today and it wasn't just when I was looking in the mirror, at least not for the earrings)
4. It quiets down all that Global Warming talk. Not that I don't believe it, but it scares the double toothpick sticks out of me.
5. Generally heavier than your average snow, this stuff makes good snowballs and snowmen
7. Thunder and lightning when it's snowing? Shazam!
8. Having learned my lesson in February, I did not get in the right turn lane prematurely even though traffic was backed up for miles...but I saw a lot of other people doing it, and getting away with it I might add. Not this reformed driver.
9. Bodies of water develop a thin and intricately designed layer of slushy ice and when the Canadian geese, who got the memo from Puxtawaney Phil and made their way south, paddle through it, they leave lovely trails and patterns for us to admire, and
10. Remember the band "April Wine"? Exactly, and not to worry
11. It will be gone in a couple of days.
If you are not yet convinced and are feeling short-changed by this weather, you could try a suggestion I read in the paper. Put on a tropical shirt, some shorts, turn up the heat, mix up a picture of Margueritas, turn on Jimmy Buffet or some reggae and make a shrimp cocktail. Spring will be here before you know it!
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