February 08, 2007
What is the 'wrong type of snow'?
We step outside our usual Colorado/New Mexico milieu for this one.
Heavy snow (6 inches/15 cm--don't snicker) has fallen in Britain, and people are asking questions about it. The First Post online newspaper has the answers.
Here is the British take on "champagne powder:"
What's the "wrong type of snow"?
Made famous by British Rail back in February 1991, this is powdery snow that gets sucked into engines or trapped in points and electrical gear on tracks, causing short-circuits.