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Old 05-07-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Not necessarily true. Snow melt adds to the water supply, which is clearly beneficial.
And rain doesn't?
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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They don't love the cold, they hate Miami, Florida b/c they're old, fart arses are antisocial.
I love the cold and hate Miami on many levels, but not because I'm a "fart arse"(whatever that is). Except for the 'Canes-I'm a huge 'Cane fan but still hate the city of Miami and it's noxious weather.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What I said was true that mild, warm, and hot temperatures are needed for human life to exist and for the world to exist. Cold and freezing weather isn't nearly as needed and not even needed at all.

But snow is great on top of mountainous terrain and it is ok if a place gets snow a few months.(But in a lot of cases for plenty of places it is better if it just does not snow at all). Snow melt is only beneficial in the mountainous areas of the Western USA where it is added to the water supply but if it didnt fall as snow in the first place and fell as the rain equivalent instead it would still be beneficial to the water supply.
Well you can't have snow without freezing (or near freezing) temperatures.

I generally agree with you, however I did find one point on the USGS's website interesting:

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An inch of snow falling evenly on 1 acre of ground is equivalent to about 2,715 gallons of water. This figure, however, based upon the "rule-of-thumb" that 10 inches of snow is equal to 1 inch of water, can vary considerable, depending on whether the snow is heavy and wet, or powdery and dry. Heavy, wet snow has a very high water content—4 or 5 inches of this kind of snow contains about 1 inch of water. Thus, an inch of very wet snow over an acre might amount to more than 5,400 gallons of water, while an inch of powdery snow might yield only about 1,300 gallons.
Rain and precipitation, USGS Water Science for Schools

Another key benefit of snow includes the insulation it provides for soil and plants.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Well you can't have snow without freezing (or near freezing) temperatures.

I generally agree with you, however I did find one point on the USGS's website interesting:



Rain and precipitation, USGS Water Science for Schools

Another key benefit of snow includes the insulation it provides for soil and plants.

Well that water content can just from rain/precipitation instead of snow and snow melt.

Also, rain, precipitation, as well as mild, warm, and hot temperatures provides insulation for soil and plants without freezing them like snow.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Well that water content can just from rain/precipitation instead of snow and snow melt.
While snow can cause problems, having quick heavy rain can cause flooding. I'd prefer a slow snow melt over that (of course it doesn't always work out so nicely).

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Also, rain, precipitation, as well as mild, warm, and hot temperatures provides insulation for soil and plants without freezing them like snow.
The snow protects them from cold, arctic air. Unfortunately for places like the southeastern US, they virtually never have snowcover, so the ground and plants aren't protected from the occasional arctic outbreaks.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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I think people like the Inuit and species like polar bears might disagree that snow, ice and cold are not really necessary.

80% of the earth's fresh water is stored in ice and snow. Where I live, we get lots of snow in the winter, but have very little rain. The water stored in the deep snow pack is critical. Without it, there would be no water to irrigate crops, which is a necessity due to the lack of rain, so agriculture would come to a halt. This would not only have local repercussions, it would affect the food chain, as this state is a major producer. During low snow years lakes, rivers and streams dry up because there is not the melt water needed to sustain them. Drinking water supplies are also impacted.

Not only is there so much more biological diversity than you are acknowledging in the colder climates, there are many people who rely on the ice and snow for their way of life, culturally and economically.

The multiple climates that exist on earth are all necessary for our survival. A person may prefer to live in one climate over another, but to say that "cold and freezing weather are not needed" is not true.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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Well that water content can just from rain/precipitation instead of snow and snow melt.

Also, rain, precipitation, as well as mild, warm, and hot temperatures provides insulation for soil and plants without freezing them like snow.
Snow actually protects plants from freezing, it protects the roots of trees from freezing in cold, subarctic climates.


I'm done arguing with you, you clearly spout a bunch of nonsense and any other point of view besides yours just doesn't make sense to you does it?
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:11 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Not only is there so much more biological diversity than you are acknowledging in the colder climates, there are many people who rely on the ice and snow for their way of life, culturally and economically.
Biological diversity decreases quite strongly with temperature, both for plants and animals. of course, geography plays a role, but that's the general trend.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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Snow actually protects plants from freezing, it protects the roots of trees from freezing in cold, subarctic climates.


I'm done arguing with you, you clearly spout a bunch of nonsense and any other point of view besides yours just doesn't make sense to you does it?
But if it never froze plants wouldn't need protection.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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But if it never froze plants wouldn't need protection.
Plants don't freeze...because SNOW IS THERE TO PROTECT THE ROOTS. Freezing temperatures and snow also do a good job of keeping pesty insects and invasive species under check. They also have a lot of Earth's (MUCH NEEDED) fresh water locked up in ice caps and snowpacks. And snow also creates a skiing industry and local jobs for plowing companies to certain areas that may be economically unstable.


This whole thread is pretty idiotic, imo
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