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When winter weather overwhelms, it's not always snow that is to blame...the worst culprit is atmospheric ice or 'freezing rain'.

When an ice storm ravaged Eastern Ontario and Quebec in 1998, engineers at the University of Quebec looked at it as a natural laboratory for examining the destructive power of ice. The university now has a space where scientists can conduct ice storm simulations all year round. By depositing precipitation onto power lines they hope to be able to design equipment that can withstand rough Canadian winters. Researcher, Masoud Farzaneh says, "each time we have a storm, we learn. Each storm is a professor." Click the video to learn more.



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