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Battling a Blizzard

Did you know that it's never too cold to snow? Snow can occur at any time when the temperature is near or below freezing. When you combine snow with wind, you get a blizzard. Strong winds and steady snowfall cause the bad ones. Not to be forgotten is the ground blizzard. This happens when strong winds pick up fresh snow off the ground, even if snow is not falling, and move it. It can even happen with clear skies. Get the goods on this act of nature.

Blizzards - The History

The first time the word blizzard was used to describe a snowstorm was in the US. During the 1870s an Iowa newspaper used the word blizzard to describe a snowstorm. Up until then the word blizzard meant a canon shot or a hail of musket fire. By the 1880s snow blizzards were mentioned all across the US and in England.

Blizzards - Disappearing Act

Here's something you might not know: as the tiny grains of snow go flying by, they shrink as they slowly evaporate. We can't see or feel it, but there are instruments to measure this phenomenon. So the farther snow blows the smaller the flakes get. The reason a blizzard doesn't blow itself away is because something - buildings, cars and trees - will alway stop the snow. The good thing about blizzards is that they can bring plenty of water to areas that are usually dry.

Blizzards - Be Prepared

Don't just think of food storage as being prepared for a snowstorm. Here are some other things to have on hand just in case:

  • Batteries for a flashlight.
  • Matches.
  • Candles, enough to light your house.
  • Wood, enough for your indoor fireplace.
  • Blankets, in case there's no heat.
  • Shovel to dig your way out.
  • A way to heat the food (you will eventually run out of cereal).

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Ever Been Stuck in a Blizzard?

  • Yeah, I seem to get stuck in one every year.
  • I've been in one blizzard before.
  • No, it never snows that much where I live.
  • I've never actually seen snow before.

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"unicornsrule626" wrote:most of the ancient peoples projected the world as flat. And they did some amazing things that we can only dream of. Like the pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge  Before addressing this point, I'd like to address the post about Kansas being flat. Land on Earth is not all at the same height. That's why it's not a perfect sphere. Look at a basketball, the height of the ball is equal at any two points. But, with Earth, certain land formations are taller than others. So imagine a basketball, but where certain parts are higher than others. That's why Kansas is flat, and that's why Everest is miles higher than the ground you're standing on.  Now, as far as ancient peoples, they did make the pyramids and Stonehenge. But, that doesn't make them experts in astronomy. The Egyptians believed that the Universe was rectangular, not flat. They also thought that Egypt was at the center of all existence. So, should we believe them?
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If you look at Yggdrasil, it shows the world as flat but Midgard is a sphere
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