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What is a Snow Blower?

A snow blower is a machine with which you can clear large quantities of snow. It can be used in many areas. The snow blower is more effective than a simple snow plow. When clearing snow, the snow is milled via a blower wheel, picked up and ejected laterally in a large arc.

It is a machine usually driven by a petrol engine, which picks up the snow with a blast wheel and ejects it in the desired direction via an ejection device. As a rule, the propulsion of a snow blower is also taken over by the engine.

Snow Thrower drive type

Some snow blowers are equipped with chains, others with normal wheels. As a rule, chains adhere better to snow, but milling with chains is larger and more expensive. If the snowfall is not too heavy and the clearing area is not too large, a tiller with wheel drive should be sufficient, as the wheels are usually equipped with a good profile and these also adhere to the snow.

Petrol snow blowers

A distinction is made between machines with a milling drum and a blower wheel. The milling drum is a rotating drum whose axis is perpendicular to the direction of travel. This roller is mounted in front of the vehicle. On the drum, there are spiral-shaped lamellas. These slats fulfill three tasks:

  1. Milling – scraping snow. In order to increase the effect, the blades are equipped with a sawtooth profile.
  2. Transport to the snow ejector – the pipe is formed by the half-sided covering of the drum and the snow to be removed.
  3. Centrifuging – where the opposing sub-screws converge, the lamellas form a U-shaped blade in which the snow collects and is thrown out.

With the blower wheel, the snow is picked up by a horizontal blower wheel. However, this is mostly the case with road milling machines. They work with about ten inclined, replaceable blades, which are moved by a drum mounted perpendicular to the direction of travel.

According to the website snow blower reviews, a consumer should pay attention to this:

Speed

The travel speed depends on the type and performance of the snow blower. The higher the speed, the faster the snow can be removed. However, the speed also depends on the depth of the snow, as the rotating roller has to pick up the amount of snow before it can eject it. This means that with deep snow the speed is lower than with a flat mass of snow.

Mounting width and height

The larger the snow cutter’s pick-up width, the more snow can be picked up at once. The height of the snow can be determined according to the snow height. Although it is also possible to cut snow with a pickup height of 40 to 50 cm, this makes the work more difficult. For large pick-up widths and heights, the snow blower must be motorized accordingly.

Snow throw distance & angle

The greater the ejection distance, the further the snow can be ejected. Depending on the width of the area to be cleared, a large ejection distance is recommended.

As a rule, the ejection angle can be adjusted manually. The larger the angle range, the more flexible you can position the snow.

Lighting

Some snow blowers are equipped with a lamp that illuminates the path. This allows the snow blower to operate even in the dark.


Best Time to Visit Florida

Are you planning a trip to the sun-drenched peninsula of Florida? Do you dream of paradisiacal beaches, azure blue water, adventure with alligators in the Everglades or visiting the southernmost point of Key West? Florida is also called Sunshine State, because here the sun shines almost always. Sun-hungry tourists from all over the world come to the region to enjoy the warmth of the sun state.

But when is the best time to visit Florida?

So that nothing goes wrong with your Florida vacation, I took a closer look at the climate and weather for Florida. Before my roadtrip in Florida I have dealt with it in detail and share my experiences with you here. After all, who wants to spend their annual vacation in the rain or get annoyed with annoying mosquitoes?

Generally speaking:

  • Peak Season in Florida: March – August
  • Shoulder Season: February and September
  • Low Season in Florida: October – January

Here you will find all tips and information about Florida weather and climate. At the end I have added a climate table and the conversion from degrees to Fahrenheit to illustrate everything.

Florida is the state of sunshine in the south of the USA. Actually, that says almost everything. The sun shines (almost) the whole year and it is always warm. So Florida is a year-round destination.

But your holiday can also fall into the water if you are not in the right place at the right time. Sounds weird, but it is. Friends of mine had a totally rainy Florida vacation in November, while in May – June I had pure sunshine with only one day of “doomsday mood”, thunderstorms, heavy rainfall (in plain language: continuous rain) and flooded streets.

Climate zones in Florida

Florida divides itself climatically seen into two zones: In the north there is a warm temperate climate. In the south you will find a Caribbean, tropical and very humid climate. It’s subtropical in the middle of Florida.

Especially in Miami, Orlando and the Florida Keys with Key West you can often feel this Caribbean heat. In summer the temperature here often exceeds 30°C. Due to the high humidity, the local temperature feels much higher.

In winter the average temperature is 24°C. You won’t find snowfall and cold like ours here. These are also the months in which most tourists (especially from the northern regions of the United States of America as well as Europeans) come to Florida. A climate table with weather and average temperatures can be found at the end of this article.

Rainy season and hurricane season in Florida

The rainy season in Florida falls during the summer months of June – September. Usually it rains daily at the same time of day (in the afternoon). Heavy thunderstorms and heavy precipitation are not uncommon. Hurricanes also occur frequently during these months. These infamous tropical cyclones often brew up when you don’t want them. In general, the rainy days in my opinion are limited. July and August are the wettest months with an average of 13-14 rainy days.

I have no regard for the hurricane season in question. In my experience, this is always moving “backwards”. I was in Mexico and Cuba for hurricane season. The hurricanes came only after my departure, as did the rain.

Travelling during the rainy season or the hurricane season also has the positive side effect that there are fewer tourists, shorter queues at places of interest are available and rental cars and overnight stays are cheaper. The latter is not unimportant in Florida, as I found the hotels in Miami and Key West quite expensive (by standard and other regions).

When is the Florida hurricane high season anyway?

The hurricane season in Florida runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. However, this does not mean that there is a hurricane alarm every year and a hurricane hits Florida. The last major hurricane to hit Florida and cause major damage was Hurricane Irma 2017, the last of which was Charly in 2004, 12 years ago. As a vacationer, do I have to be afraid of getting caught in a hurricane in Florida?

Millions of tourists accept the danger of a hurricane. Due to climate change, it can happen again and again that a tornado or hurricane passes over Florida.

Sometimes you’re very unlucky, sometimes you’re lucky, because hurricanes often weaken over the sea and spare Florida. The consequences of this are thunderstorms and rainy days which can bring a lot of precipitation. The temperatures will then drop as well. It’s wet and damp.

Best travel time for Miami

Miami is one of the most famous cities in the USA and is located on the southeast coast of the US state of Florida.

The climate in Miami brings humid and hot summers. But the winters are pleasantly warm and dry. The average annual temperature is 24°C. From June to August is the sunniest time: Up to 10 hours then the sun shines. Thus the months June, July and August are also the warmest.

Nevertheless, the rainy season is in these summer months: from May to October, heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms frequently occur. The hurricane season in Miami is from August to October.

Dry season in Miami is from November to April. With temperatures between 15°C – 25°C, December, January and February are the coldest months. It remains pleasantly warm and the sun shines on average 7 hours a day. Snow does not fall often, but when it does, it’s marvellous!