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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Not All Snow Is Equal

Check out the latest blog on Mother Earth News about different types of snow and how they are not all equal in moisture. I have seen several postings on FB about people on the east coast getting snow that turns black when they put a match to it.  Not sure what that is all about but it is very weird to say the least.  At least here in the mountains our snow melts like it should.  

The moisture content is different with different types of snow and snow pack. For the most part the ratio of 10:1 is pretty accurate. The blog can be found at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/mountain-snow-pack-zbcz1402.aspx

4 comments:

joyce hartranft said...

I saw the black snow on facebook but I wasn't able to comment because of the way it was shared and it was driving me crazy that people were just assuming that is was bad and not looking it up for a real explanation. Anyway, read this for the explanation: http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=1001915#.UvJhvCbn-M8

The snow goes from ice to vapor through sublimation and the black is from the soot from the lighter fuel.

Bruce said...

thank you Joyce: I tried to find if this was true or not but couldn't find anything. Probably because I put the wrong words in my search engine. Appreciate your help with clearing this up...

David Kuhtenia said...

Similar explanation here - http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2014/01/31/burning-snow-videos.htm

Bruce said...

Thank you David: I have read the two topics and realize I simply did not know the right topics to have Googled. Thank you for correcting the myth of snow that burns. I appreciate all the help.