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More Nuisance

with 2 comments

January closed out with the 17th day in a row of above average temperatures in this region, punctuated by another minor inconvenience of a snowfall that was more nuisance than anything else. With the warm temps, much of the snow was melting while it was also accumulating. Weird science.dscn5748e

Once again, enough snow to make a mess, but hardly enough to shovel.

The problem is, though, before it actually melts enough to offer clear walkways, colder air will be moving in to freeze everything up. After that, it becomes a mess that hangs around for a while.

As I got closer to work yesterday morning, the precipitation became more of a drizzling mist than snow. The heavily treated surface of the freeways stayed mostly wet, but as I came barreling up the off-ramp, I quickly realized I was carrying a little too much momentum.

By sheer luck, the traffic light was in my favor and I didn’t need to stop. I made my way gently to the parking lot and had my suspicions confirmed when I placed my foot on the slick pavement. There was a thin but very effective glaze on the road surface.

This was my second day of driving my Subaru after having picked it up from the body shop, looking good as new. The slippery footing gave me flashbacks of the day I got rear-ended.

I arrived so early, the daily paper hadn’t been delivered yet. That gave rise to a vision of the person sliding into my parked car when they pulled in to toss the news.

My car was safe and sound when I stepped out to check on the delivery. It looked like the driver had avoided my car by staying far away and throwing the bagged newspaper a longer distance. When it landed, the bag stuck to the icy pavement and the paper just kept on sliding. It was efficiently soaking up the wetness about 10 feet away from the bag.

Other staff didn’t have as much luck as me. Several people slid into a snowbank around a turn. After the facility maintenance truck showed up to add salt to the dangerous glaze, it slid around that same corner, smashing into one of our employee’s car in the process.

Makes the little bit of messy snow we have at home seem like a lot less of a nuisance in comparison.

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Written by johnwhays

February 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

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  1. Yes, John – ever the shrew eye on eventualities. Thank goodness that you get wind of things before suffering the consequences.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    February 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

    • Great to see your words again, Ian. It’s been a bit tough here since it has become an embarrassment to be an American. Wish I could take a 4-year holiday to your Forest Garden!

      johnwhays

      February 2, 2017 at 8:49 am


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