Login

Compass A&E

When I was a child, a dream winter would glisten with black river ice so we could pretend we were skating the canals like Hans Brinker. A pond or lake would have done but I grew up in Philadelphia so ponds and lakes – not so much. Last week when it suddenly got bitter cold in the Northwest Corner we got black ice – every skater’s dream. This transparent ice without many air bubbles is technically called congelation ice.  The transparency of the ice reveals the color beneath (usually very dark water) which is why it is called black ice.  The less desirable...