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Mapping snowfall in the United States - Washington Post
"This map shows every inch of snow that fell on the lower 48 this year"
maps  mapping  snow  precipitation  2018  classideas  cartography  data 
april 2018 by robertogreco
cityofsound: Snowfall, Helsinki
"There is a very distinct urban process going on here: clearing snow from Helsinki's roofs before it falls unpredictably or loads roofs with too much weight. According to Helsinki Times, these men are often Estonians, & known as 'snowdroppers', & carefully crawl over the roofs of Helsinki's elegant city-centre buildings, creating miniature controlled avalanches onto the cordoned-off street below.<br />
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Outside of the centre this is sometimes done with amateurs, which sounds unbelievably dangerous. I like the Helsingen Sanomat's pithy note of caution:<br />
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"It is dangerous enough when the snow comes down unexpectedly on people's heads - please do not add to the danger by coming down with it."<br />
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As a kind of impromptu urban performance, it's strangely compelling to watch. It's a great sound too—the clatter-and-scrape of hammers and shovels loosening the ice & snow, and the gentle whump as the snowfall hits the street below some seconds later. But again, it wasn't a day for hanging around."
helsinki  finland  snowdropping  snowdroppers  urban  cityofsound  danhill  snow  winter  cities  customs 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Saffo: journal - Save that old TV - there's a message in the 'snow"
"A TV antenna is a sponge for radio energy, collecting lots more than just the desired signal. Snow is the result of the TV attempting to turn stray signals into an image, signals from radio stations, emissions from power lines, transformers or appliances, or even from the electrical noise of the circuits in the TV itself...result is the strangely-calming ant-dance of black on white that we call snow. But snow has another source, a source far from this planet in both time & space. Mixed in with the noise of Earthling civilization are radio echoes of the Big Bang, the moment of the Universe's creation 13 Billion years ago...universe started out very small & very hot & has been expanding and cooling ever since. As it cools, the Big Bang's fossil radiation sheds radio energy in the same way a cake on a cooling rack gives up heat. & when those indescribably ancient radio waves run down the rabbit ears and into your analog TV, the TV's circuitry interprets it as an image & voila! - Snow."

[see audio version here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105339922 ]
paulsaffo  analog  tv  television  noise  whitenoise  snow  obsolescence 
june 2009 by robertogreco
As TV Changes To Digital, White Noise Fades Away : NPR
"A familiar sight and sound is disappearing as digital TV takes over from analog: television snow and the "white noise" that accompanies it."

[transcript is here: http://www.saffo.com/journal/entry.php?id=1052 ]
analog  tv  television  noise  whitenoise  snow  obsolescence 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Research Stations: New South Pole Station Self-Elevates with Hydraulics
"aerodynamic exterior blows gale-force winds under station, not right at it, pushing accumulating snow to backside instead of...accumulate underneath...When snow does eventually make its way up to the building hydraulic jacks will raise tit up even furthe
antarctica  design  buildings  architecture  snow  wind  antarctic 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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