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One way to measure snow and have fun in the shop is to make a North Pole Snow Pole. Kids love it already (me too) and a cool Christmas decoration. I turned 2 pieces of an old 4×4 post and joined them with a tenon. Turned a top out of a Elm log and a couple round base pieces and attached them to a cast iron base of a old heavy 6'' vise. Each color represents 3'' increments separated by a green stripe. Total height is just under 5 feet. Had to paint this one to make it look good.
Now all we need is some snow. Thanks for taking a peek.

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Great job. Bring it up here and we'll test it.

 

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Monte, I know some of you guys had a lot of snow already. I expect a few answers like this. Haha Thanks.
 

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Looks like very fun project. I like those happy red and white colours. You realy expect 4ft snow?
 

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That's one way to make lots of snow enjoyable. Well done Dave. it's a mighty fine looking snow pole!
 

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on a good year, the pole might be buried!!
Nice work on the pole, Dave!!
Jim
 

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Good looking snow pole Dave. And after the Christmas season is over, you could maybe open a Barber Shop ! :)
 

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In south Louisiana it would only have to be 1/2" tall.

Maybe can convert it into a rain gauge.

Great job--- like the colors
 

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I live in the far north, Can't send you a picture as we basically have no snow just a few dusting flakes, but suppose to drop down cold next week and expect a storm when that lets up. How much do you get on an average. We use to get up to 3 feet but now, not much over a foot.
 

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Dave, Great decoration in the spirit of lightening the snow load. We've had it as early as Oct 1 but this year it's been rain. Light snow today but 36 degrees. I do have to get my equipment winterized though.

Merry Christmas
 

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Looks nice Dave a lot of fun. Let's hope it don't get too tested.
 

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Absolutely love it!
 

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Hi Ivan. The colors turned out nice. On a average here, we can expect 40''. Sometimes a lot less and sometimes a lot lot more.

Thanks Tony. I bet you really miss it living in Florida.

Jim, what was it, 3 years ago, the most snow I ever saw at once here and one of the coldest.

Good one Joe. A shave and a haircut. Could use the money to buy more tools.

9×9, come spring, we get a lot of rain here too. Actually we had a lot this year. Good idea. Have to work on that one.

Brian, the average is 40'' but that doesn't mean anything. They are calling for a light dusting tomorrow night.

Thanks Tom. Same here, mostly rain. At least I started my snow blower a month ago to be on the safe side.

Thanks Jeff. I agree. I like it but not when you get a lot at once and or every day. LOL.

Jerry, thanks. A good diversion in woodworking is enjoyable. Just do not favor painting a project.
 

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Nice job on the pole Dave, mainly rain here on the coast, what happened to the vise?
 

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Thanks Tony. I bet you really miss it living in Florida.

- doubleDD
Dave I bet you could sell a ton of those great looking poles!

I never minded the snow at all in fact I liked it and miss it. It's the cold that really bothers me. Somehow a fresh snowfall played with my feelings in a good way. I really enjoyed waking up to an overnight snow fall or snow storm and seeing everything covered in white. Inside the house was much brighter and the trees now had a different look as well as the landscape. Everything was so different that it felt about the same as a beautiful sunset. But on the other hand there is a bad side to everything. The salt, sand and dangerous driving conditions.
Well I hope your pole never sees the 4' mark! LOL!
 

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As for snow-N.Dakota had enough while I lived there to last me the rest of my life.

As for your POLE-NEAT!
 

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COOL… Nice job!

I thought you stacked pieces of painted PVC pipe… around a wood pole… (?)

Reminds me of how much I like So. Calif… vs Eau Claire, WI ….!!
 

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Your "pole" is very nice but it also won't be tall enough for us. This is what we use:

 

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Holy snowbank Don! Does it take all summer for it to melt? LOL!

Here's a web site that monitors the weather in northern Michigan.
http://www.snowmancam.com/ It's a micro tourist spot.
 

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We are much farther north then what the web site calls northern Michigan. To me thats more like central Michigan.

Snow lasts here until the end of May. I have seen snow on May 25 and the only month that has never had a frost is August. We have front end loader will come to clear my 300 foot driveway two or 3 times a winter. Fortunately there are periods of thaw and there is also compression so the actual height of snow on the level is only around 4 feet mid January/February. The thermometer marks total snowfall. ..... I am ready to retire .... elsewhere.

But if you must have snow. I live in the right place. Weather is usually around 25 degrees. Just cold enough to keep the snow light and fluffy and not wet and slushy. So far we have had no snow this year. 10 years ago I could quarantine first snowfall on Halloween and cross country skiing by Thanksgiving. Now with Global climate change
Winter comes later. But we catch up with snowfall in February. It stops snow when the lake freezes. This takes a long time for Lake Superior. Otherwise once its cold enough. It will snow each and every day.
 
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