Although I'm originally from the UK, I currently call Harvest (just outside of Huntsville), Alabama, USA my home. Huntsville is a great place to live for many reasons; truth to tell, however, I do miss the snow-filled winters of my youth.
And it's not just me. As the holiday season approaches, the kids on out street are constantly debating: "Will it or won't it snow?" In fact snow does occasionally fall in Huntsville, but – generally speaking – this occurs only once every couple of years, and even when snow does come down it may be only the lightest of dustings.
Enter Richard J. Joye, a valve and component laboratory engineer working for NASA at our local Marshal Space Flight Center. Richard loves boating and wakeboarding in the summer and – if at all possible – snowboarding in the winter.
But as we already noted, it doesn't snow here all that often, so Richard determined to design and build his own snow-making machine. Richard has documented his Snow in Huntsville project (which he created as a hobby at home in his own time) using an air compressor, a pressure washer, and a cunningly-contrived "Snow Gun" of his own devising.
The result is to have your entire garden covered in 6 inches of snow in only 8 hours. As Richard says, your house will be the envy of all of the other kids on the street. (If you don't wish to build the snow gun yourself, checkout the guys at www.SnowAtHome.com.)
How mega-COOL!!! I really, REALLY want one!!!
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