Apparently some folks aren’t familiar with sublimation.

DerpThis past Saturday after watching a movie on Amazon Prime I switched over to my PS3’s YouTube app to go through some of the channels I subscribe to because it’s fun watching them on my big screen TV. In addition to all of the channels you’ve subscribed to there are a few predefined channels such as Entertainment and Sports that will highly popular videos from folks you aren’t necessarily subscribed to. There’s also a Trending channel which highlights videos that are on the upswing in terms of viewings. I was browsing through the Trending videos when I came across this amazing video about “FAKE SNOW IN GEORGIA!”

In short, lady goes outside and makes a snowball then brings it back inside and attempts to melt it with a butane lighter. Instead of turning into a a puddle of water on her floor it doesn’t appear to be doing much at all other than blackening and giving off some sort of odor. Conclusion: She doesn’t know what it is, but it’s not snow. Then she mentions what we’re all thinking already: CHEMTRAILS!

And here’s another person replicating the demonstration:

WHERE IS THE WATER?!?

I was mildly amused until I noticed there’s a shitload of these videos out there. It appears the Chemtrail Conspiracists have been having a field day replicating this experiment and making all sorts of outlandish claims about what the fake snow really is. It’s nanoparticles delivered by jetstream manipulation and artificial aerosol ice nucleation! No, it’s really frozen poison organisms that are “alive!” It’s all part of a secret geo-engineering conspiracy to keep us passive and compliant!

Or, it could just be simple physics. Specifically what they’re seeing is called Sublimation which is when a solid goes directly to a gas without passing through the liquid phase first. Dry ice, which is frozen CO2, does it and nobody bats an eyelash at it. So what’s the black stuff and the plastic smell? Soot from the butane lighters they’re using. Butane lighters are pretty piss-poor at combustion, but they’re good enough to light a cigarette with. Not so great at melting compressed snow without leaving soot behind. You’ll note in the second video I included above that the blowtorch doesn’t turn the snow black at all, it just evaporates it.

Fortunately, not everyone out there lacks an understanding of the processes at work:

This one is probably my favorite of the debunking videos out there and is titled: Georgia fake Snow OR You’re just stupid!?!

It’s never been clear to me what, exactly, the government is supposed to be accomplishing with chemtrails that they couldn’t accomplish through more direct methods. Depending on which chemtrail conspiracy nut you ask it could be anything from population control to global warming mitigation to some sort of electromagnetic superweapon. For as dangerous as this fake snow is purported to be that doesn’t seem to be stopping folks from scooping it up and trying to burn it with their lighters, which seems like kind of a stupid thing to do if you really think it’s dangerous.

Fortunately for them it really is just frozen water. If there’s anything “alive” in it it’s nothing more than usual array of viruses and bacteria you’d find in any other untreated water in nature.

I’m not dreaming of a white Krismas…

… because I don’t have to dream. The not-quite-winter winter storm that was blowing across the country last week made it to Michigan over the weekend and left even those of us here in the southern region with at least a foot and a half of snow. This is the view from my front door Sunday morning:


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Today it’s snowing some more. The weird part is that it’s wasn’t, and still isn’t, the stereotypical big fluffy flakes you normally associate with lots of snow, but lots of wussy little flakes reminiscent of sugar substitute that sting your face and are generally annoying as hell. Normally you’ll get an inch or so out of those, but it just kept on coming and we ended up with a metric assload of the stuff. It’s also been bone bitingly cold as of late with temps not reaching far out of the teens, if at all, during the day. It feels more like February than December.

On the plus side it does feel like the Krismases of my youth. It’s entirely possible that I’m not remembering them clearly, but it seems we had snow like this a lot more often when I was a kid. Of course Pontiac is a bit further north than Ann Arbor so it’s possible we did get more snow, but the past decade or so it seems like we get dumped on with a foot or two in November that lasts three days tops and by Krismas we’re lucky if we have a dusting of snow. This feels like Krismas. Though ironically it may end up keeping us from visiting with my folks come Krismas Eve as the weather report guys are predicting freezing rain that day. Winter has come early to Michigan.

Updated: Just checked the weather and we’re under yet another winter weather advisory until 7PM tomorrow night:

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… SLEET… AND FREEZING RAIN IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

PERIODS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH TONIGHT. SNOWFALL WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES… DROPPING VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE MILE. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION… THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MIX WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT… BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO MOSTLY RAIN BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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… ANOTHER WINTER STORM TAKES AIM AT SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN…

.A PROLONGED PERIOD OF UNFAVORABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS A COMPLEX WINTER STORM TRACKS THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST. A WARM FRONT PRECEDING THE SYSTEM WILL SLOWLY LIFT ACROSS SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN TODAY AND TONIGHT… BRINGING WITH IT SEVERAL BANDS OF SNOW. THE PASSAGE OF THESE BANDS ACROSS THE AREA WILL PRODUCE PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL… WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY RANGING FROM 4 TO 6 INCHES BY 700 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THE MAIN SURFACE LOW IS THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN ON WEDNESDAY BRINGING A SECOND ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER TO THE REGION. BY THIS TIME… ENOUGH WARM AIR WILL HAVE SURGED NORTHWARD TO ALLOW SNOW TO MIX WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN. THIS WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL MIX WITH RAIN TOWARDS THE OHIO BORDER. AREAS NEAR AND NORTH OF TRI CITIES WILL REMAIN PRIMARILY SNOW… AND THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 INCHES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. FOR LOCATIONS ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-69… ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN LESS THAN 3 INCHES… WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE ICE ACCUMULATIONS. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT ACROSS THE REGION TODAY AND WEDNESDAY.

Jinkies!

The first snowfall for this year…

So this picture to the left here, click to embiggen, is a crappy cellphone camera shot of, what passes for, our backyard. As you can see we got a reasonable amount of snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. It was pretty wet and we only got maybe two inches total, but it was enough to put you into a holiday frame of mind. Considering we’re in Ann Arbor, which is in southern Michigan, it’s a decent amount of snow.

Now if you drive just a mere hour and a half north to Otisville, where my parents live, the same snowfall nets you pics like these my mother took.  Here’s an example in the image to the right. Again, click to embiggen.

As you can see a mere 75 or so miles can make a huge difference in how white your your landscape becomes during a given snowfall in Michigan. If it weren’t for the fact that there’s not jack in the way of jobs for my chosen career or much of anything else to do further up the state then I’d be inclined to move there just for the better snowfalls. Though given the shortage of funds to do much of anything other than hang out at the house probably makes the fact that Ann Arbor has quite a lot to do rather a moot point. Just the same, I have snow-envy.