Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Life in Massachusetts

I come from Northern California, where we rely on snow in the Sierra Mountain range for our drinking water. When I was a kid we had a bad drought for 8 years, and every spring the news channels would have special reports on the snowpack levels. They'd take a core sample, melt it down to measure the water content, and then gravely report that the 4 feet of new snowfall only had 2 inches of water in it. That's how I usually think of snow, as having a very low density.

And yet, the 2 inches of Boston snow I had to shovel this morning contained roughly 4 feet of water. At least that's what my back is telling me.


I would also like to thank the Mass. Highway Department for using one of their traffic alert signs to inform the drivers on I-95N of an accident we had already passed a half-mile back. Bang-up job, gentlemen.

5 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

We were semi-stoked for our first real snowfall of the year here on Long Island, but it turned to rain overnight and it's been pouring since. Global warming, eh?

miss kendra said...

what is this "water" stuff?

slappy said...

Earl: Probably more to do with a low pressure system off the coast. Global warming primarily affects glaciers, polar bears, and Nobel Prize committees

Kendra: It's the thing Southern Californians steal from Northern Californians.

Tits McGee said...

You think the MA Highway Dept is supposed to do its job properly? Clearly, you are not a MA native.

Also, sorry about your back, but this icy shitstorm gave me the day off so I say hooray!

Kat said...

I was driving in a snow storm yesterday and the radio said there was no snow fall to be expected for the area. Then I passed a road sign that said the traffic on the next highway was moving well. Maybe they were driving in the same vortex the radio station was in.