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2/26/14 at 06:20 PM 0 Comments

Reasons to be Thankful for Snow and Ice

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Snow is underrated. It protects roots from harm and may play a role in reducing crime. But don't take my word for it.

When icy weather reached south Louisiana at the end of January, fewer crimes were committed.

The Houma Courier newspaper reported, "Nobody has compiled cold, hard numbers, but local police say it wasn’t only temperatures that dropped during the recent ice storm — crime dropped too."

Nature also benefits from snowfall. According to horticulturalist Richard Hentsche, "Snow cover provides insulation from the drying winter sun and the extremes in air temperatures ... A good snow cover protects above ground plant parts and helps them survive the winter."

The word "snow" appears about twenty times in the Bible. Perhaps the most famous verse to mention snow is Psalm 51:7 which says, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."

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