Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas, The Denouement

Block 832 began reverberating around midnight with the sound of back-up alarms, as plows and trucks converged on Municipal Lot 7 for snow removal operations.

The trucks are filled with snow from somewhere in the city and they are dumping it at the rear of the lot. Then the giant plows or whatever they are called - big machines with buckets in front (front-end loaders, perhaps?) - are pushing the piles up higher and higher. I expect to see some mountaineering by schoolchildren tomorrow.

Update: The snow-filled trucks apparently arrived all night. I think I heard one around 5 a.m. When I looked out this morning, one whole end of Lot 7 was piled high with snow.

This lot is 94 feet wide. The portion between the back fence and the driveway off Park Avenue (where it says "City of Plainfield Exempted") is about 70 feet wide. The snow looks to be about 12 feet high, so in cubic feet I'm guessing we're looking at 79,000 cubic feet of snow. If the pile is higher, so is the total cubic feet.
Here's a map that shows the dimensions of the space. Click to enlarge.

I will try to get some figures from the city on snow disposal. It looks like a terrific job by the Department of Public Works!



  1. You got me going on your calculations which seemed low. So I did my own to appreciate the magnitude of the snow removal challenge.

    From what I could see on the drawing of the parking lot, its full dimension is 262' x 94'which at 12' is about 300,000 cubic feet.

    Plainfield has just over 100 miles of streets and roads. Assuming an average road width of 24 feet (based on US standard lane widths) and assuming 2' of snow fell, then about 25 million cubic feet of snow fell on Plainfield. Even allowing for snow left at curbs and corners, evaporation and melting, DPW has done a great job dealing with that volume of snow to get Plainfield back up and running.

    1. I had to walk over to the Post Office this morning and I was just wondering about the volume of snow citywide. Thanks for doing the math!