Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Stuff of Legend

This place, over in the Falls, has those snow piles up to the eaves that you hear about in traditional tales of New England in winter. These were formed from what shed off the roof combined with what was shoved off the nearby street and cleared from their driveway.

Today, things are thawing in advance of a storm of mixed precipitation. The heavy rain portion should lead to some interesting and anomalous flood water flowing across the mini-glacial landscape.

To put it all in perspective, the last ice sheet, some 14,000 years ago, stood more than 6,000 feet thick. Our puny snowdrifts are as tiny as a human lifetime next to the eons of geological time. They will still generate an epic mud season. We live in human time, after all.

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