Pat Shingleton: Mistake on the Lake
My first institution of higher learning was Gannon University in Erie, PA. Last Fall I visited the old "stomping grounds" sharing with my wife the University buildings, fraternity house and the location of my first radio stint on State Street. Years ago, students would refer to it as the "Mistake on the Lake." During the winters of '93-'94, most of the Great Lake's surface was solid. In '79, all of the Great Lakes were frozen. On Memorial Day, '96, picnickers along Lake Superior's shoreline, cooled their drinks with chunks of ice floating in the lake. Here, we use sand on bridges during episodes of freezing weather. In the snow-belt locations, snow fences are placed near highways to prevent drifts onto the roadway. The fence reduces wind speed and increases turbulence, causing the snow to pile downwind of the fence.