|Chris tinkering with "new" bobcat plow on driveways|
Today I added a new "page" to the blog. These could be considered "tabs"? Under the main header, where my picture is, there are three pages: Home, Our Staff and now Current Conditions. I used to put a window on the right side of the blog at this time of year to show current course conditions and really announce when we were on temporary greens. This is mostly for the winter players. I decided on a page since I learned how to use them last week. It is similar to this page and allows for a lot of input such as pictures, discussion etc
|Tree company clearing trees on rt side of 9 for landowners view|
I want to delve into the science and art of snow/ice and its removal. This was an interesting event as I mentioned above. The weather leading up to the event was good so the earth is warm and retaining heat going into the night. Hard inanimate objects like cars or raised decks were dry and colder so the snow built up on them and when removed with just a broom came clean right to the surface. Decks at ground level and gravel paths held the heat and melted the lower layer of snow and then re-froze as ice or was slush on bottom. Any traffic either walking or driving, (on either surface) also made the tracks freeze. I explain this as a reason for why we don't like skiers and sledders on the course, or at least try to get them on the perimeter. I cleaned my stairs off just in case they did not fully melt while away this weekend. With sub freezing weather predicted next week anything not melted will be an icy mess. On the stairs I walked on the snow, (before cleaning), the foot prints compressed the snow and made them stick to the wood. The same happened on the ground and the same happens with ski tracks and sleds.
|second story deck after trying to clean with broom|
|notice foot prints|
|front deck with no traffic cleaned right up|
|on gravel prints turned to ice quickly|