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Pat Shingleton: "Sledding, Snowballs and The Mistake on the Lake."

10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago January 20, 2016 Jan 20, 2016 Wednesday, January 20 2016 January 20, 2016 7:04 PM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Those of thus that “grew-up” with snow events still embrace the excitement of a snow event along the Gulf Coast and in South Louisiana.  WBRZ’s Brittany Weiss grew-up near Chicago and experienced a snow event here in 2014. As kids, we rode the snow with a sled, aluminum saucer or garbage can lid.  Overnight, Nicky Sudano hosed-down Windover Avenue that created an ice layer that increased the speed for us but stranded any motorists attempting to head "up hill."  Following a two to three feet snow event it was then "melt-down time." The process transformed the powder to squishy snow which was perfect for snowballs. A bowling-ball of snow was rolled into a boulder. Stacked end-to-end and vertically, these snow-forts were 20 feet apart with armies divided between the Shingleton's, Sudano's, and Minett's. The battle ended when local paperboy, Donnie Schlemmer, was bombarded with a cascade of snowballs from all directions as he delivered the afternoon edition of the Ellwood City Ledger. Advancing the message a few years, and  while at Gannon University in Erie, PA, many would refer to Erie 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 ice floating in the lake.  Here, we use sand on bridges during episodes of freezing weather.  As mentioned in a column a few days ago, in the snow-belt locations, snow fences are placed near highways to prevent drifts onto the roadway. The fence reduces wind speed, increases turbulence, forcing the snow to pile downwind. 

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