Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow vs. Rain

Okay, so we wound up with 11.7 inches during our last snowstorm. But after two consecutive mild winters and very dry summers, that still left us in drought status.

That left us wondering...how much water IS 11.7 inches of snow?  We could have simply looked it up online, but what fun is that?

Instead, Mr. LH went outside and scooped snow into a 4 cup container. As you can see, it wasn't exactly 4 cups. It was more...

Then we waited.


It didn't take long for the snow to melt down to a mere 2/3 cups of water.


Not very scientific, but it'll do.

By the way, the average conversion is 10 inches of snow = 1 inch of water but that can vary a lot. Five inches of "wet snow" will yield an inch of water, but it takes 15 inches of dry powder. We've gotten some wet, heavy snow this year, but we usually get the drier stuff - sometimes sweeping off the driveway instead of shoveling.

I also need to point out that the snow here oftentimes evaporates before it can melt and soak into the ground. That makes it even more important to get a lot.



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