By swanee on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 12:02 pm: Edit Post
John, Back in 1993 when I was making a trip back from Colorado in late February I encountered something I had never seen before. As we drove across the plains along i80 we came across a patch of snow that was probably 40 feet wide and about 3-6 inches deep. This covered the interstate as well as went as far north and south as you could see, not in a straight line though. The interesting thing was there was no snow anywhere else (possibly a dusting). The snow that covered i80 had been well traveled on, so it was not a recent (within the last few minutes) occurance. The only way I can really describe it is if you can imagine a dump truck 40' wide dumping snow from its tailgate to make a north/south path.
By favoritos on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 03:40 pm: Edit Post
I have seen a completely opposite effect from buried oil pipeline. You could follow the pipeline for miles with the 40 foot wide section of bare ground.
By swanee on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 03:51 pm: Edit Post
I guess it is possible that there is a 40" wide cooling system buried under Nebraska that would retain the snow. That could be one explanation, however I'm not sure that is the case here. Maybe FRNash can find something here.
By admin on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 07:23 pm: Edit Post
Without seeing it first hand and without knowing what the atmosphere was like that day, it is pretty difficult for me to say what caused this.