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I never had much of a problem in school except for handwriting and science.
So ... here's a science question.
How warm does it have to be at night to melt a thin sheet of ice?
Local weather says it's gonna be 38 degrees between 6-7 p.m. Will that be enough to melt a thin sheet of ice, without help from the sun?
I ask because I need to run an errand at some point tonight, if possible. Not worth dying for, but I'd like to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy so I can, ya know, breathe better and stuff.
This post was edited by Wes Rucker 15 months ago
Senior Writer, govols247
i believe 38 degrees is plenty warm enough to melt a thin sheet of ice but a lot of it also depends on the temperature of the ground. If the ground is still below 32 degrees then it will not melt without the suns help, i believe.
I would say the answer is C. I was told to always guess C. if you don't know the answer.
You're not going to like the answer, but here it is: It depends on how long it's that warm and how much ice there is. It might take a few hours at 38 degrees to thaw out a decent sheet of ice on some roads. Your best bet is just to wait until all the roads have been treated and cars have helped melt the rest.
This post was edited by Ryan Callahan 15 months ago
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This is a good answer, too. Ground temperature is a big factor.
Yeah that breathing thing is right up there on the priority list. 38 ought to do it. you can probably get a good idea by checking the streets in your neighborhood. 321 out of maryville is fine now.
Bacon withdrawals, huh? I definitely understand your dilemna...
you will like this answer:
Man up, quit your belly aching and go the pharmacy...you little girl....
Have Ryan pick it up and drop it off.
The sun is a factor, too. Even if the temperature is at or near 32, the sun can melt ice if it is shining.
Traffic comes into play as well. If there is a lot of traffic on a given road, the ice will be worn away.
If the precip is over and it's 38 degrees, you'll be ok to travel later this afternoon before it starts to cool off at sundown.
I always forget that Ryno is a meteorological wiz.
Not being a smarty pants here. He really knows a lot about the weather.
We have time to talk about EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD during road trips, and that's come up a few times.
Hardly a weather buff. Just an interested observer.
When I joined this site I was told there would be no math. !
We lied, it seems.
Maybe the wind will pick up and help dry the roads before it freezes.
My car has a snowflake warning all the way to 41 degrees. :) Who needs science? Seriously... It's going to be slick dude. I would just wait unless it's absolutely necessary. Plus if your car slides off the road and you have an auto insurance claim you're going to be regretting it for the next 3 years.
Hey Wes and Ryan how do You like that pic ? Thats my original ticket to the game.
Technically, the air temperature can still be below freezing. It actually depends more on the ground temperature than the air temperature. In Tennessee, it would probably melt within an hour or two because the ground will still be above freezing. Up here in Alaska, it would probably take 2-3 days under the same conditions because the ground is already at or just below freezing.
It's been fairly bad in Newport, but at one point earlier today. the sleet turned to rain and cleared off the roads - just enough of a window for me to restock on Dr. Pepper and cigars! Oh yeah, I got some food for the family also.
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
I live in Knox area but work in northwest North Dakota. I have seen 25 degrees and sunny for 6 hours melt 2-3 inches of snow, and 1/4 to 1/2 in of ice. 38 should melt quite a bit.
Depending on how well you've treated your driveway, a little salt could go a long way toward melting the ice. It also has a rather unsightly tendency to ruin untreated concrete driveways, though.
Of course, if you're talking about the whole roadway between your place and the pharmacy, never mind.
This is the correct answer. And it helps if your vehicle is bigger than everyone else's.......Did you give in to our favorite redhead and get that big a$$ truck yet?
I'm so glad I have my Wrangler.... I don't have to worry about these type of issues....
The sun would do a lot more to melt ice than the ambient temperature.
If the road is covered in black ice, your Wrangler won't do you any good. I've seen scores of Jeeps and 4-wheel drive vehicles wreck in those conditions.
True, but is the sun out between 6-7 pm?
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