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Focus on snow
Look at the photograph of Frozen Britain. How much snow fell on the UK? Estimate the total volume of snow that fell over the whole country? When it all melts, how much water will be produced?
Why does it snow above freezing level?
Give the students these articles on the costs of clearing the snow in Columbus, in North Texas, and in Lancashire, together with some suggestions for the cost of, for example, salt and grit bins and snow shovels and grit and salt and other equipment. What do they think it would cost to clear the main streets in their town? What about side roads? The paths or car parks in their school or college?
What about the cost to the country or companies of days lost due to snow?
How much extra electricity and gas were used during the first weeks of January?
And lastly, this letter appeared in The Times on 14 January “In many states of the United States, when schools have to close because of the snow, they are required to make up the lost days at the end of term. These days are called ‘snow days’.”