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12-22-12

Looking Down the Driveway Before I Shoveled

Looking Down the Driveway Before I Shoveled

Some think we’ve been destroyed, but contrary to that rumor, we’re still around. Perhaps what the Mayans realized was our mild fall would be followed by a day of true winter. I woke this morning to wind and snow. This morning is probably one of the biggest snow falls in one night since I’ve moved here.

After a good breakfast, I went outside to tackle the snow. After about 5000 sq ft of driveway, I moved on to clear the village sidewalks in front of my house. This time, I measured them. 255 feet of sidewalk, at 5′ wide, comes to another 1275 feet of sidewalk. Let’s see, at 6″ deep, that’s about 140 cubic yards of snow. No wonder I feel like I’ve had a workout.

Village Sidewalk Post Shoveling

Village Sidewalk Post Shoveling

Driveway by Garage and Studio

Driveway by Garage and Studio

Do you realize that they measure the depth of snow, not by the actual depth, but by the amount of water produced when it melts?

I actually measured the depth on the driveway.  It was 6″.  Now, since a wetter snow will yield more water, the National Weather Service might report a deeper depth, and had this been a dry snow, the report might be less.  This was a very wet, heavy snow, so my 6″ on my tape measure might actually be recorded on NOA page as 8″.  I’ll have to remember to check.

Because I enjoy shoveling snow, this was a nice way to start the day.  It took longer than usual because the snow was so heavy.  Normally, I can push about 10′ before it gets too heavy.  Today, 3-5′ and it was too heavy to push, so I had to work in small patches, pushing a few feet of snow to the side each time.

It is supposed to keep snowing through tomorrow.  I just hope I don’t have to shovel before church.  That’s always a bit of a drag.