What happens after the snow storms? Snow melts. Now there are a bunch of ways you can go with that image, but there is just something about just watching snow melt that is just plain — satisfying, intriguing, meditative … there’s no deep message here, just frozen water, turning to liquid and flowing away.
Some of you are thinking that watching snow melt is about as interesting as watching paint dry. I’m here to tell you that is not true. I did some research here (okay two searches on YouTube), and I found more videos showing snow melting than paint drying so I’m not alone in this thought. It’s hard to see paint actually dry, but you can quickly observe how much snow has melted.
Have you ever looked at your snow covered street and wondered why a certain area starts melting before another? Have you wondered why some areas are dry while others are still wet? No? Well, I’ve spent sometime this week contemplating those questions. I’ve noticed that the street first started melting near the manhole covers over the sewer line. My driveway started melting from the shoveled parts to the edges and the snow over the lawns started melting in the footsteps I left. It’s also interesting that all the concrete paths have melted before the lawns or flower beds.
It should be no surprise that areas in the sun melted first or that where the snow was thinest melted faster. If you really break it down, it’s really a field demonstration of the laws of thermodynamics or how heat moves through … things. After a storm, the air warms, the sun shines and you need to shovel the driveway so you can drive to the store for more pizza.
Yeah, but when you’re stuck inside all week, well this is the kind of stuff that fills your brain.
Okay, my brain. You might not be as interested in thermodynamics or the properties of snow as I am. I’d say more on the subject, but the timer just went and the pizza’s done.