Another reason the cold is unpleasant
January 13, 2009
As noted yesterday
, the cold and snowy winter we've had in the Upper Midwest this year may very well serve us well in the spring when snowmelt helps recharge the reservoirs that serve major rivers. But in the short term, the cold is not just unpleasant to the skin -- it's also creating ice jams
that are reducing river levels in some places, whcih can be a problem for municipal water systems
and power plants
that depend upon river intakes for their water.
last revised January 2009