Water is all around us and is vital for all life. While it may be easy to take water for granted, there are some weird things about water that you may not know. So, here we’ll explore the funny, unexpected and strange water facts.
A Little Bit of Water Can Create a Lot of Snow
When you look out of your window in winter and see several feet of snow, it is easy to assume that would have been a torrent of rain. In fact, this is not the case. Just a single inch of summertime rain can equal 10 inches of winter snow. If you need further evidence, just look at how much water is produced when the snow melts.
Warm Water Can Be Used to Combat Snow Buildup
Some U.S cities have resorted to combat snow buildup using warm water. In fact, New York City has over 30 of these snow melters that warm the snow to melting point. The resulting water is filtered before it is pumped for treatment via the sewers. A regular sized snow melter can process an impressive 60 tons of snow in just an hour, while the mega sized versions can process as much as 137 tons during the same period.
Excess Snow is Often Dumped in Oceans or Rivers
When cities lack snow melters or even if they have the machinery, they dump excess snow in rivers or the ocean to dispose of it. Unfortunately, this is a practice that concerns environmentalists. Since snow picks up additional materials when it hits the ground, simply dumping it into waterways without any form of treatment could be introducing tons of potentially hazardous chemicals into our water systems.
Roads Have More Salt then Processed Foods
Many of us are concerned about the levels of salt in processed foods, but this pales into comparison with our roads. Salting roads to facilitate snow melt is common in our cities, but a 2015 Vox report found that U.S road salting practices involve ten times more salt than processed food. This will involve a great deal of salt hitting our waterways when the snowmelt is carried into our sewers.
Dehydration is Important in Winter
While we often think about dehydration in the height of summer, it should be a concern all year round. In fact, when the temperatures are cold, the human body needs more water to maintain optimum temperature.
Snowflakes are Not Unique
There is a common myth that no two snowflakes are alike. In fact, as a cloud physicist at Ritsumeikan in Kyoto, John Nelson has stated that it is actually very likely that two snowflakes can be alike. When placed under a microscope, we would have difficulty distinguishing them, even if the smallest snow crystals that hardly develop beyond the prism stage are included.
The Largest Snowflake Was 15 Inches Wide
The largest snowflake recorded continues to hold the title in the Guinness Book of World Records, despite it occurring in January 1887. The snowflakes fell in Fort Keogh, Montana and measured 15 inches in diameter.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.