…so when was the last time you stuck your tongue out to try and catch a snow flake? It’s been a while for me and never gave it a second thought as to whether or not if it was safe to eat. I grew up next to the Steel Mill’s of Weirton West Virginia back when the Coke plant was going full blast and every morning my mom would wash the silver graphite flakes off the porch. Who knows what the little flake crossed while it was making it’s journey to the ground only to be intercepted by my mouth. Well years later I have found an answer to that question thanks to a study done by University of Oregon State professor Anne Nolin. She says most snow is just as clean as any drinking water and have a harder time picking up soot and other air pollutants as they fall compared to raindrops. Once snow hits the ground, it stays clean until other things land on top of it. Well, maybe the snow in Oregon has a harder time picking up any pollutants because that wasn’t the case with the snow in the Ohio Valley, at least back in the day. I once worked for a radio station in the Wheeling area where the pipes froze in the building and me and the engineer were jonesin’ for coffee and thought why not use snow? I mean we made sure to watch out where the Huskies go and grabbed what we thought was the cleanest purist snow on Rock Hill. Besides the engineer, the guy with the higher education said it should be fine. Wrong! You heard of acid rain right? I think we got ourselves of batch of acid snow and a taste that till this day gives me flashbacks.