Everyone knows that it is easier to use a snow blower than a shovel! But here are a few handy tips to make the job of blowing snow even easier!
- Don’t fight the wind. Whenever possible, point the chute downwind so that the wind helps you blow the snow.
- It is usually best to move up and down the length of the driveway, not perpendicular.
- In strong crosswinds, start on the upwind side and then work downwind
- If there is little or no wind, first cut a path down the center of the driveway, then work in a circular pattern so that you don’t have to change the direction of the chute.
- Throw snow as far as possible into the yard. Throwing snow only to the edge of the driveway or walkway will lead to hig snow banks and will make it more difficult to remove snow during the next storm.
- Keep up with the snowfalls. Most of the time, it is easier and faster to clear 6 inches of snow twice than 12 inches of snow once.
Remember to keep warm and hydrated, too!
Wisconsin Winter Weather Facts
It has been cold the past few days. Really, really cold! But not as cold as it has been before. Check out a few fun facts brought to you by the National Weather Service.
Records for the winter of 2012-2013
Coldest Temperature – Upson (Iron County), -30 degrees on Jan. 4 ,2013
Most snow – Upson (Iron County), 186.4 inches
Least snow – Timmerman Field (Milwaukee County), 25.6 inches
All Time Records
Coldest temperature – Couderay (Sawyer County), -55 degrees, Feb. 2 and Feb. 4, 1996
Official snowfall records
- Greatest daily total – Pell Lake, 26 inches of snow on Feb. 2, 2011 and Neillsville, 26 inches on Dec. 27, 1904
- Greatest single storm total – Superior, 31.0 inches over Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 1991.
- Greatest monthly total – Hurley, 103.5 inches in Jan. 1997.
- Greatest seasonal total – Hurley, 301.8 inches in winter of 1996-97.
- Deepest snow on ground (excluding drifts) – Hurley, 60 inches on Jan. 30, 1996.
Not everyone can brave the winter weather that us Wisconsinites can!!