Glaze: An Old Winter Foe with a New Name
Sleet storms will hereafter be called glaze storms
1AST winter a new weather word made its bow in the daily press —“glaze.” Occurrences of “glaze” were frequently reported, and some of the visitations .of this atmospheric phenomenon occasioned damage to the extent of thousands of dollars.
In previous years The branches of trees and the newspapers called glaze, until the whole it “sleet” or “ice” or “silver thaw.” Glaze forms when rain is turned to ice by the low temperature of the objects upon which it falls. Here are some results of actual measurements. A twig 3-16 inch in diameter has been found to measure with its ice coating nearly two inches in diameter. One case is reported in which an icecoated elm twig about six inches long, broken from the tree, weighed 15)^ ounces. This was about five hundred times the weight of the twig alone. The
coating on a slender telephone wire may attain a thickness of two inches and upwards. Indeed, cases are recorded in which the combined thickness of ice and snow on such a wire reached the enormous diameter of ten inches. No wonder hundreds of miles of wire and thousands of poles sometimes go down
when glaze occurs on an extensive scale. But why “glaze”? This word was introduced by the Weather Bureau over a year ago, because a distinctive ñame was needed for these ice deposits. The electrical industries had fallen into the way of. calling this formation “sleet.” But “sleet” means something different—or rather several things. This word is applied by some people, especially in England, to falling snowflakes mingled with rain. Now it must give way to “ glaze.”