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#76 2019-02-05 17:27:02

SpaceNut
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Here is the outlook in NH as the polar vortex has subsided and we are having a spring time melt instead in what should be the middle of winter. Instead of a 6 foot high snow bankings and still cold and windy.

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#77 2019-02-05 23:50:41

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Hi Josh:

To answer your question,  a 30 foot snowpack looks like white as far as the eye can see.  There is nothing else to see.

Where I was in Mankato,  it wasn't anywhere near that deep,  only 2 to 5 feet.  5-10 feet looks like Robert's pictures. 

The deep snowpack started only a few miles west of me in Mankato.  I drove out there on roads kept bulldozed open (with really big bulldozers).  The roadway cuts in the snowdrifts were vertical walls of white well over 30 feet high.  It was quite alarming to drive roads under those conditions. 

In Crystal City 10 miles west of me there was a homeowner who made the TV news out of Minneapolis,  for keeping a 20-foot-deep trench open with a snowblower all winter,  in order to get into his house.  On the second floor! 

His house was buried under a 50-foot snowdrift all winter long.  That was winter 1996-1997.  The second one I was up there.  None of that -20 F to -30 F stuff in Mankato.  Just -10 F.  It's a different pitch crunching under your snow boots. 

I still have those boots.  I just cannot wear them in Texas.  They would be too hot,  even standing in crushed dry ice,  in these parts. 

Just FYI,  there are no tire chains or stud tires allowed in Minnesota,  at least.  You drive on your rubber,  on whatever ice-clearing they can achieve.  At -10 F and colder,  car exhaust freezes and falls on the road as round marble ice balls of microscopic size.  That's the real "black ice".  Slicker than owl shit on a slate rock. 

I learned to make turns on that stuff at intersections by deliberately gunning the engine to break the rear wheels free,  in a front-engine rear-drive car.  Gun it just right,  with the front wheels pre-cocked into the turn,  and you slide around almost exactly 90 degrees.  Under conditions that otherwise slide you off the crown of the road into the gutter,  just from engine idle vibrations.  It is impossible to stand on that stuff in snow boots.

Between that alarming-looking maneuver,  and keeping my Texas plates as long as I could,  no one would come near me on the road.  I never,  ever hit anybody or anything while I was up there. 

GW

Last edited by GW Johnson (2019-02-06 00:04:56)


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#78 2019-02-06 01:04:26

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In the '90s my sister lived in a house on a street near mine. The street led to a bridge across the river. When I parked in front of her house, I would have to make a U-turn to get back home. It was a busy street, 2 lanes in each direction, no median, and parked cars on both sides leaving one traffic lane. In winter I would wait for traffic to die down, drive to a spot with no parked cars on either side, and gun it. I called it a "Bat turn". With a 1987 Firebird, front engine, rear wheel drive, and wide tires. It slid around to make a 180° turn. Slid a lot, I really needed the whole width of the street, but I was in my late 20s / early 30s, it was fun.

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#79 2019-02-06 16:56:36

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Yes very fun when it works out but not so much when it ends not so good....with a tow truck hauling you car away.
Its been so warm here that the usual place to park my vehicle is sinking in the mud....

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#80 2019-02-11 12:40:17

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Another flight, to Poplar Hill, Ontario this time. Larger aircraft for Northways Aviation: Pilatus PC-12. From the airline's website
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#81 2019-02-11 13:12:56

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Very nice.  Two thumbs up on that ride.

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#82 2019-02-11 17:36:14

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Nice and clean and shows exactly why one size does not fit all applications of use....

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#83 2019-02-11 21:50:48

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SpaceNut wrote:

Nice and clean and shows exactly why one size does not fit all applications of use....

True. Left Saint Andrews outside Winnipeg with myself and one other passenger. He got off at Deer Lake Ontario, 4 got on. That aircraft had 6 passenger seats so only one empty seat for the last 15 minute leg. Well, space for 6 more seats was blocked off by a net for cargo.

The cockpit dashboard had a label that said "aircraft not certified for Northern Domestic Airspace". I had to look that up. In this case Northern means much farther north.

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