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rain fade

rain fade  n.— «Rain and snow absorb the signal, reducing the quality of the service during storms, an effect the industry calls “rain fade.”» —“With WiMax, Walking on the Wireless Side in Baltimore” by Peter...

snowroller

snowroller  n.— Note: Also as two words: “snow roller.” «Several days ago, several hundred rather large snowballs appeared on Lake Eyak over night. The next day I received phone calls and e-mails from curious Cordovans asking...

eatout

eatout  n.— «The geese are leaving what scientists call massive “eatouts,” or large, bare swaths of land that may never recover.» —“State adds spring hunting season to thin population of snow geese” by Brian T...

backyard syndrome

backyard syndrome  n.— «The early-March snowstorm that creamed the Eastern seaboard largely missed Vermont’s big skiing areas. But resort operators were delighted nevertheless, because the storm whetted the appetite of all those coastal...

Snow In Your Wheel Wells

What do you call the nasty black mixture of snow and ice that builds up in your car’s wheel wells in wintry weather? Is there a word for this frigid gunk? Various names have been floating around, including hunkers, snard, snowlactites...