What I Hated the Least Today 3/365: Thaw

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Three days later, I’ve had enough snow and watch it thaw with twisted delight. I’m not sure how it thaws when it’s still below zero, but I’m sure that it thaws because the thickness of the snow layer on my terraceย is decreasing. I check at regular intervals, as regular as my smoking breaks, which take place at the terrace. Also, smoking kills, but so does snow.

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14 comments on “What I Hated the Least Today 3/365: Thaw”

  1. The snow sublimates. It changes from the crystalline structure directly into water vapor, taken up into the air, under the right conditions. That’s how it disappears without melting.

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    1. I suspected there was a perfectly natural physical explanation. I wasn’t interested enough to look it up, I was thinking I’d allow nature some mystery ๐Ÿ™‚ (and I was just lazy, so thank you for giving me the answer!)

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    1. Yes, sublimate is such a nice word! It belongs to poetry rather than physics. Thank you for your well wishes, it’s true that it’s bad enough that I smoke, no need to break my leg on the snow/ice on top of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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