Snow-eating sun

snow on deckAs I mentioned yesterday, we had a bit of a blizzard here. It snowed all day, dawn to dusk and then some, and most of it came in horizontally. The total in my neighborhood was 9-10 inches. The neighbors I mentioned who were out shoveling and snowblowing yesterday were working in very unpleasant conditions.

I got out with the shovel at about 10 am this morning and cleared the front walk, steps, sidewalk, and about 3/4 (width) of the doublewide driveway. Four hours later, everything I shoveled is bone dry and the back deck, which I didn’t touch, is being cleared by the sun.

“Snow eater” is a term used here for a warm wind, a chinook. But there is absolutely no wind today. Today the sun is the snow eater, as you can see.

It continues to amaze me how fast a major snowstorm here just evaporates — literally.

sun eats snow

Oh, and the neighbors who did their shoveling yesterday while it was still snowing? Their driveways and walks are clear and dry too.



Categories: Green

6 replies

  1. Here in the Windy City we have ’bout four inches melting and about six more to show sometime tomorrow. Only the 100 pound puppy looking forward to it. I should have headed out to the Cactus League.

  2. I went through one “true” blizzard in Omaha back in 1974. That one came with 80mph winds and left enough snow behind to totally bury all the cars in the parking lot outside my apartment. It was so bad that my Air Force boss called to tell me not to come in for my shift that night, and asked me to tell another Airmen who lived in the same complex (but didn’t have a phone) not to come in as well. I tell ya PT, trudging the couple of hundred yards or so to his apartment and back was one of the scariest experiences of my life! We had what they called a blizzard here in Columbus in 1978 but, although it left a helluva lot of snow behind, I didn’t even know it was happening until I came outside the next morning. A different experience altogether – but I’ve had quite enough of both! 😯

    • So far the snow in Denver has been nothing compared to the lake effect snow I dealt with in upstate NY. Here it melts off in a couple of days. Up there it just kept accumulating all winter. I guess it depends also on exactly where you live in any area, too. In my apartment complex when I first moved here, there was no good place to pile the shoveled snow, and the close-set three-story buildings kept the sun from drying out the driveways and parking areas. Now I’m in a house where the sun has good access to everything, there are yards in which to pile the snow, and as it happens, my street is a “snow route” that gets plowed. The dangerous blizzards happen out east of here on the plains, where blowing snow easily and quickly obscures everything and there are few landmarks.

  3. Snow in Denver/CO is almost pleasant compared to other areas…keep that a secret.
    Sounds like you are in a good location – nice sunny porch!

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