Snow Removal Operations

Where I live, I’ve seen snow plows get stuck, I’ve seen roads where snow plows don’t even dare to go, but I’ve never seen any operation like what I saw in Canada. They have it down to a science.

Think of your typical snow blower, on steroids, and the size of a large backhoe. Instead of a shovel in front, they had a box full of huge rotating blades that ate up the banks of snow and ice and spit them out 50-100 yards away. Or in the case of more populated areas, spit what it chewed up into a waiting line of semi trucks.

I’ve been told that where they dump all this snow, sometimes the pile doesn’t melt until late summer. I’ve also been told that sometimes the snow comes out red, from blood. As you might think, kids love to build forts and tunnels inside these huge snow banks. By the time the rotary snow plows chew through, it’s too late. Here are some of the coolest (pun or no pun) snow plowing operations I’ve seen.

A train plowing snow from Goodland, KS to Limon, CO on the Kyle Railroad.

In more rural areas such as the Haines Highway in Yukon, Canada, they don’t bother with hauling the snow, they just blow it out past the road.

Here, eventually, you see that in more urban areas, the snow plows direct the snow into waiting trucks where the snow will be dumped in another place.

Even reporters who are reporting on the dangers fall victim to the plows.

Think you’ve seen big snowbanks? Think again.
This is from Cascade, Idaho.
Large Snowbank

This is from a previous post about a “Real Russian Winter” (Courtesy of English Russia).

Got some better snow removal operations video or pictures? Show what you have in the comments.

Where Is Hollywood Going?

To here: Sudan, 1993 – Famine victim in a feeding center. Reminiscent of the Holocaust? This image, while sickening – shows not only the plight of the world, but also I believe makes a statement (extreme as it is) about perceived beauty. How long until Hollywood stops promoting girls’ bodies that look like little boys, to something more drastic – closer to this. I’m sure we all hope it would never go that far, but let history speak for itself.

Famine Victim