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(Summer) Snow Fountain

Use a ski resort snow maker instead of a water sprayer.
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Be easy to do. Kids could jump around in the snow fountain and catch snowflakes on a hot summer day in the park. Pretty too. Kind of like the winter fountain idea but this would be something you'd have in hot climates. The snow would melt when it landed and the water would go back into the system.
doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2007

More than you've ever wanted to know about snow machines http://science.hows...com/snow-maker2.htm
This is how the cold weather resort versions work. [doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2007]

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       Cool.   

       Doesn't the snow machine rely on the frigid temperature of the air to turn the water mist to snow? But then you'd just need to add a refrigeration unit somewhere. ++
DrCurry, Sep 22 2007
  

       That's what I love about this site. I always learn something. I put a link up: "More than you've ever wanted to know about snow machines."   

       Yes Doc, I believe a hot weather version would require some serious energy input to make snow out of water without getting any help from the ambient air temperature. It would definately be a LOT more expensive than a regular fountain to run. Doubt you'd get the green seal of approval.   

       Still, I could see it being popular at a beach resort on a hot day.
doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2007
  

       I think this is grand. I don't think it'd take much energy - a gram of water would make a lot of snow. However, I think the flakes would melt before they'd got very far, unless the air were already quite cool. [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 22 2007
  

       Hmm. That might be a pretty effect anyway, having snow come up and sprinkles come down.
doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2007
  

       I think they had one of these in the movie _Toys_, which is one of my favorites. <Googling> Well, couldn't find it.   

       I do remember, in real life, seeing a CO2 horn spraying flakes into the air--that could be modified to cool down water spray, maybe.
baconbrain, Sep 22 2007
  
      
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