Let It Snow, Let It Snow. . . . . .

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Pile of the white stuff in a parking lot in New Hampshire.

This week was the first snowfall in Montreal , Canada which is about 5 hours north of  where I live in Upstate New York. Each year people have to remember to slow down and gently pump the breaks as the first flakes fall.  Enjoy the video , and know that no one was hurt except probable  pride and of course  smashed vehicles. Notice that professional drivers, bus, snow plow, and police  slid right down that downtown hill.  Obviously there is a layer of black  ice under the  rather light snow.  In  fairness, it is very hard, nearly impossible,to drive safely on the ice. . . . . sliding with no control as you see in the video.       Watch the video for  a smile this wintery morning, but come back to the text below for snow report!

I remember my first visit to Montreal when I went on a tour of the city.  The guide reported that so much snow falls in a season that  it is necessary to fill up dump trucks with the snow and dump it in the harbor.

Buffalo, New York has always been known as the snowiest place in the United States.  I am not sure how they make that claim because with research, Syracuse  gets more snow. per year.  And somehow I doubt that the Chamber of Commerce is fond of that  statistic being out there, though there are people in this area of the  country who love snow!

So where does that huge amount of snow go to clear the streets and sidewalks during the cold months where the temperature rarely, if ever, reaches 32 degrees?   Since the environment is a consideration and dumping dirty snow into the harbor is not environmentally friendly, the large dump trucks take the snow to dump at “snow farms” outside of the city and put in giant piles to let it melt naturally.  But when the farms become full, it is still necessary to dump in the harbor.  In New York City and Boston  there are huge melting  machines and when the snow melts to water, it is put in the sewers.    I remember hearing once that for every inch of snow in NYC, it costs $1,000,000 for this process of snow removal.

Snow per year:

New York City  24-36″

Albany               56 ”

Montreal           82.5″

Buffalo               93.4″

Syracuse            116.9      Almost 10 FEET! 

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Message for the weatherman  written in snow in a Syracuse parking lot.

Welcome to a Central New York winter ! 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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5 Responses to Let It Snow, Let It Snow. . . . . .

  1. Angie says:

    Oh, Anne! Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had for several days. We don’t have much snow here in my part of KY, but we get plenty of ice, so I know the hazards of driving in the stuff. Give me snow any day when it comes to driving because there is no easy way to control a skid on ice except by staying home and avoiding the situation. Turn into the skid–naturally. But a gradual incline like that one just makes for a really funny video. I’m trying to convince myself I can do without the stuff on my grocery list today just because it is so cold outside–27 degrees that feel like 18 when you factor in the wind. And that number just convinced me to change my menu as well as my plans for baking today. Stay warm and have a great weekend. A.

  2. Mike Sinnott says:

    That video of slipping and sliding has been the buzz on international TV channels. We viewed this here in Mauritius island on the TV5Monde/Afrique channel. No snow for us only warm temperatures as we are in summer mode 28c/82F.

    • annetbell says:

      I saw it first on TV ! It is funny and I am glad no one was hurt so that all could have a chuckle. I lived in Arizona for 7 years and my favorite temperature was 100 degrees. When I would get in my car after school, it was like a sauna and the sun shone every single day. During our time in India, the weather was much like AZ. I wore a hat and used sunscreen every day but I loved the sun , shade and dry heat. Oh well. . . .good times~

    • annetbell says:

      I saw it first on TV ! It is funny and I am glad no one was hurt so that all could have a chuckle. I lived in Arizona for 7 years and my favorite temperature was 100 degrees. When I would get in my car after school, it was like a sauna and the sun shone every single day. During our time in India, the weather was much like AZ. I wore a hat and used sunscreen every day but I loved the sun , shade and dry heat. Oh well. . . .good times~

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