jes, that weather iso depth map is a bit short. We got 20" and there are several communities around here (Strasburg /Georgetown) that got well over 2 ft
HEY, I just thought of something, tonites our longest night of the year and things start to get brighter from here on till peak summer.
Yep, many cities used to have these great snowmelters into which theyd shovel the snow. The melter would be a big furnace and the water would be run into the storm sewers. I think the fuel costs shut them down.
The Toronto snow melting machine will melt approximately 136 tonnes of snow per hour.
For those who like all the nuts and bolts information, here's how the machine works.
The operating principle of the equipment is based on a submerged combustion technique which allows that a high velocity high heat release burner be fired directly into a pool of water thereby agitating and heating this water economically and efficiently.
The thermal burner receives air and fuel under pressure from a combustion air blower and fuel source respectively. Combustion takes place within the burner and the hot combustion gases are forced down below the water level and channelled up again through a concentric wire. These gases carry with them a portion of the water which is heated by the gases and are overflowed in to the melting pit.
As snow is added to the melting pit and comes into contact with the turbulent warm water bath, it is immediately melted. The water that results from this operation is drained off into some convenient storm drain or sewer. The inlet of this drain is positioned so that a proper water level is maintained in the melting tank throughout the operation.