Learning About the Effects of Rock Salt At Different Temperatures! (credit: Meteorologist Erik Taylor)
DISCUSSION: In light of the upcoming winter storm which will be impacting far northern sections of the Mid-Atlantic states as well as many coastal as well as inland sections of the Northeast, here is a spectacular graphic worth explaining (courtesy of WOWK Meteorologist Erik Taylor). During winter storms, people all over the world integrate various forms of rock salt and/or sand to help improve traction in and around different businesses, offices, and transportation venues. However, at different temperatures, rock salt may or may not work for various surfaces depending on the exact temperatures in place during or after a given winter storm. More specifically, as shown in the graphic above, a drop in temperature from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to 20 degrees Fahrenheit reduces the ability of rock salt to melt ice by at least 5 times its ability to melt ice as that which occurs at 30 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Moreover, at 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less, rock salt no longer works since it no longer has the ability to further low the melting point of ice. Just some helpful facts to know as you prepare for your next winter storm.
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