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What's snow?

So this afternoon I went outside 4 or 5 times to play in the snow conduct scientific research.  Even though the temperature is only around 26F, I have a good tolerance of the cold and would barely notice it, if it weren't for the wind.  With wind gusts up to 30 MPH, the wind chill got down below zero.  26F I can stand, -4F is a bit much for someone with only a light jacket.

The snow got about a foot deep in some spots, but the average seems to be less than 6 inches.  I don't have any real snow depth instruments, and my automatic rain gauge is totally useless for snow, so I can't really give an accurate measurement.

I was hoping to drive around just a bit in the snow to get a feel for it.  Unfortunately, I'm still having a problem with something draining my car battery, so it's DOA until I can get it recharged.

Here's a couple more photos:

Soybean fields  Soybean fields under snow.

Nearby woods  Nearby woods


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Jan. 1st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I think you have a rear wheel driver car right? You should go find a huge open parking lot and do some dounts :) that is always fun
Jan. 1st, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Take the driving thing very cautiously if you've never driven on snow and ice before. Even with four wheel drive, your stopping distance can triple or quadruple and you have to slow down very gradually. Starting from a stop on a snow covered road also requires a very gradual startup or you'll spin your tires and get nowhere. Sudden steering maneuvers can put you into a skid. Regardless of what other people are doing, I recommend staying well below the posted speed limits if there is snow on the road. When there is ice, avoid driving if at all possible.

(And I grew up with the stuff, so I have a LOT of experience.)
Jan. 1st, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Soybean fields under snow.

I'm surprised that file is as large as 99K. ;-)
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