Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello. Many on YouTube are testing the snow to see if it melts. Mainly people in the southern states that just got unusual snow fall. They are saying it doesn't melt with a lighter or blow-torch. They also are saying it smells like plastic. I tested my snow (I live in the northwest) and it didn't melt with a lighter but it melted when I left it on my counter for awhile. It did have an odor to it, but at first I thought it was from the lighter fuel. Then I went outside to get some fresh snow...and it did have an odor like plastic or something synthetic. Is there something wrong with the snow? Is it real snow? Is it toxic?

2:24 PM 
The first thing I get is a pile of slushy snow and it looks like it has oil on top.  As I look at it more i see a mud puddle with the oily coat on top (where the oil makes colors in the puddle - see photo to the right).  Then I get that in some areas with a lot of pollution (my mind zooms out on a map of the United States and I see three main areas - one above California, one above the Texas area and one above New York) are the most prone to this "pollution snow."  This snow looks to be a result of snow falling/forming in these polluted sections of the United States.  I get that the snow doesn't burn because it has an oil base to it, and it smells slightly like a petroleum byproduct [but melt normal because the main element is snow].  

Q. Is it real snow?
A. I get that it is real snow, but I get that the freezing temperature (I am seeing a thermometer wanting me to see the degrees, but I can't make them out) is off.  Like this snow freezes and melts at a slightly different temperature than pure snow.  It has to do with this petroleum pollution element.

Q. Is it toxic?
A.  I'm not getting that this oil is "toxic" but my gut says not to consume large quantities of it or you may experience flu symptoms starting with diarrhea.  You body will want to purge this if consumed.  
And that is all I have for now.  It is 2:37 PM.  Thank you. Link to Audio.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. It's probably better to know it's "just pollution" rather than something more sinister, even though its not a good thing all around.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering the question on this.