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Here’s a picture of the back of our woodshed. The way the snow curls down like that looks so cool.
We were astounded our first winter here – we grew up on the Coast which means lots of rain but not a lot of snow. Our house here in the Cariboo has quite a steep roof to help shed the snow.
But we had never heard that moment when all that snow lets go and slides down the roof! S
cared the wits out of me the first time it happened; it sounded like an airplane engine. Even now, although I am used to it, it startles me.
And if we look out the window in time, we can see huge sheets of snow falling to the ground. It scared our dog too and he learned to not lay around outside too close to the house.
One day, after enough warm weather, the snow on the roof above the living room finally let go. Our dog was in the house with me, and all of a sudden he looked at me.
A couple seconds later, I heard the rumbling and then watched the snow dropping.
I brought Sir out on the porch to show him the chunks of ice and snow. I was smiling saying “It’s OK bud, it’s all good!”
Until, I looked over the side of the porch and realized the whole stem and transponder for my internet satellite was sticking out of the snow.
Check this out. The snow and ice coming off the roof had so much force behind it that it neatly severed the arm clean across!
A good reason to stay away from buildings that have snow on their roof. I would hate to think what could have happened if a person or Sirhad been standing too close to the house.
You can hear the snow getting ready to slide off, IF you are inside the house. If you’re outside however, you won’t hear it starting to let go.
So remember, if you have a lot of snow on your roof, don’t walk too close to the house on those warm sunny Winter afternoons!