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    Why do they call it "Snow Removal"...

    ...they just push it off to the side.

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    And normally back into the big space that you have just cleared called your Drive.
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    Because it is an artform practiced by "snow removal specialists".

    Now if they could just get the "ice supression managers" up to the same level of skill.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    ...they just push it off to the side.
    Depends on where the snow is. I've had the opportunity to watch actual "snow removal" from places where they don't have room to pile it on the sides. They plow all of the snow into the middle of the street, then they use a big snow blower to load it into dump trucks. In Chicago the dump trucks empty into Lake Michigan.

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    If your really interested you might look up Aomari Japan. It is a city on the nortern tip of the main island and is noted as the urban area with the largest snowfall in the world. The topography is like Seattle but the temp is colder so the rain falls as snow. The modern city is designed to facilitate snow removal. Not a good area for bicycles.

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    In big snows around here, they actually haul it away in trucks. But not in little snows. Last year, when we had 3 blizzards hit us in a row, the field near my home was used as a dumping ground for yards and yard of snow, piled high.

    One of the reasons they kept Denver Interntaional Airport closed for so long during this time is that they had no more places to place the removed snow. This year they bought a bunch of huge "snow melters" that melts the snow so it can drain away.
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    While we are on the subject, I am troubled by the pronunciation of "snow plow". Shouldn't it be pronounced "sno plo"? Or maybe "snough plough"? How do they spell it in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    In big snows around here, they actually haul it away in trucks. But not in little snows. Last year, when we had 3 blizzards hit us in a row, the field near my home was used as a dumping ground for yards and yard of snow, piled high.

    One of the reasons they kept Denver Interntaional Airport closed for so long during this time is that they had no more places to place the removed snow. This year they bought a bunch of huge "snow melters" that melts the snow so it can drain away.
    What did they use as snow melters?
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    This is all I know:

    http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_6521225

    The airport will lease as many as seven machines that can each melt 600 tons of snow an hour and place them on ramp locations between the A and B concourses, between B and C, and north of C, said John Kinney, DIA's deputy manager for operations.

    "We really lost it on the ramp," Kinney said, referring to snow piles that effectively shut down the movement of planes during the Dec. 20-21 storm.

    DIA's old plan relied on trucking snow from ramps to snow dumps on the periphery. That system was overwhelmed in December.

    Snow melters will eliminate the trucking operation, Kinney said. He said one 600-ton melter will handle the equivalent of as many as 60 large dump trucks.

    DIA will rely on contractors to load snow into melters on the ramp while the airport's snow teams concentrate on runways, taxiways and de-icing pads, Kinney said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    And normally back into the big space that you have just cleared called your Drive.
    http://dbg.home.att.net/starvingplow.htm

    Also, in Chicago, when big blizzards hit they will dump snow into a deep stone quarry (where is sometimes lasts all summer long). And one year I think they loaded up empty coal trains with snow and sent them south. After a loop through warm weather the train just returned empty. (admittedly a good candidate for "urban legend" status)
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    Around here after we scrape it (and perform alchemy turning it into ice) we
    do not spread sand. The windshield lobby convinced us of the superiority
    of gravel on the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
    While we are on the subject, I am troubled by the pronunciation of "snow plow". Shouldn't it be pronounced "sno plo"? Or maybe "snough plough"? How do they spell it in the UK?
    It is spelt Snow Plough over here-

    but all most of them are is a man or bunch of men- resting on shovels as the rain will be coming soon and they don't get paid overtime after 4 O'clock.
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    In Louisiana it was spelled SNEAUX PLOW.....but we didn't have any!

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    What is snow???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Depends on where the snow is. I've had the opportunity to watch actual "snow removal" from places where they don't have room to pile it on the sides. They plow all of the snow into the middle of the street, then they use a big snow blower to load it into dump trucks. In Chicago the dump trucks empty into Lake Michigan.
    Same thing in many of the small towns along the Susquehana river in Pennsylvania, only the dump it in the river. Makes parking one's car much easier during the winter months on those towns.
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