Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

SNOGO

We had just a trace of snow overnight, so our current snow total remains at 190".  It's currently 38° and sunny, and there's no snow in the forecast until tomorrow night.  This is just the kind of day the SNOGO is likely to be out and about.  As the winter progresses, the streets get narrower and narrower.  Therefore, it's necessary to cut the snow banks back periodically with the SNOGO, which is basically a gigantic snow blower.
A dump truck slowly leads the way down the road followed by the SNOGO.  The SNOGO carves into the snow bank at the side of the street and blows the snow into the dump truck.

When the dump truck is full of snow, it pulls away and an empty truck takes its place, and so on. The banks remaining at the side of the street now have flat faces and horizontal lines. It's a cool process to watch. We took these photos about a month ago. The snow banks have gotten much higher since then!There's one more shot below we thought you would enjoy today. Here's the view out the window of our office at the back of our house. This photo was taken on Sunday.
You can see that much of our fence and our clothesline poles seem to be vanishing! All is well in the Keweenaw.

1 comment:

  1. The first time I seen one of these SNOGO's was at the Houghton County Historical Museum at Lake Linden. I didn't realize they were still using them. Quite a contraption. Nice picture.

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