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Simple seasonal science for Spokane

You know what it's like here.

We get some snow. And then our thaw-and-refreeze cycle makes road conditions an early-morning guessing game.

That's why it helps to have been a kid who grew up obsessed with the ice conditions at a nearby outdoor rink.

Huh?

Well, if you were such a kid you wouldn't have relied on the news media for your predawn information about overnight temperatures. No, you would have put out an ice tester the night before. An ice tester could be just about anything that holds water and is placed outside away from your heat-spilling home.

Did it freeze overnight (where you live…not at the airport or downtown)?

Just consult your ice tester. It can tell you what you need to know. 

   


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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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