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Late Saturday, February 06, 2010: Just like that, it’s over. And the storm offered one last kick in the form of maybe 5 inches more as it departed. I’ve checked a few sites – and took in some outsid…

Late Saturday, February 06, 2010:

Just like that, it’s over. And the storm offered one last kick in the form of maybe 5 inches more as it departed. I’ve checked a few sites – and took in some outside feedback – and we have easily 20 inches of wet evenly distributed snow. That “evenly distributed” is a reference to the reduced drifting, despite winds. What’s more, this snow isn’t going to settle in as fast as fluffy snow. There is far less air in this snow quality. Also, the coming week sure isn’t going to offer a touch of spring or the likes. While there shouldn’t be any kick-ass storms, there could be some reinforcing inches through next weekend. I’ve had it. In fact, I had it before winter even began.

Now comes the question of what, if anything, this snow will do to the environment as it melts off. I have the sense that it is both a cleansing agent, initially, and a real dirt-fall as it ages and takes on road goop and anything else that get stuck in it. I have seen compelling studies that long-lingering snows like this, along with the accompanying freezing and refreezing of the roadways, leads to tons of salt being used that can have a real bad effect when it’s washed into the backbay and saltwater estuaries.

Good luck shoveling out. Pace yourself if the ticker isn’t what it used to be. Help old folks and invalids.

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