Blow Ice

We have the traditional four seasons; summer, winter, fall and spring.  We have what could be called a snow season, a thunderstorm season, a severe weather season and of course a growing season.  But do we have a blow ice season?  The term blow ice is used to describe the situation when snow blowing over a roadway melts and refreezes creating a section of ice.  Because that icy stretch was created by blowing snow, the term blow ice is an appropriate descriptive term that has become a part of our vernacular.

The months of February and March are still climatologically cold months; yet, the sun becomes increasingly stronger as we approach spring.  That higher sun angle warms area road surfaces above freezing no matter what the air temperature is this time of year.  Any snow light enough to be blown across the road tends to melt and refreeze making for slippery conditions that can take a driver by surprise.

4 Responses

  1. Interesting … I like the first four as seasons, but if you include the fifth does it start to overlap with the other four? That may not rule it out, but it would be interesting to plot up.

  2. Our snow season is approximately from October 15 through April 30. Our Thunderstorm season is from April 15 through October 15. Our Severe season is from May 1 through September 15. And our Growing Season is from May 10 through September 25.

    To think, Robert, you just have that wet and dry season thing going for you. 😉

  3. Good question. Meteorologically speaking, yes. But as water is manifested in the swamp landscape I’ve come up with four: soaking in season (late May through early July), sheetflow season (July through November), the hydrologic interregnum (Novemember through early March), and the spring drydown (April and May). :^)

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