Cleaning upTallinn's annual icicle deluge

  • 2003-02-27
  • Steve Roman
TALLINNStroll down any sidewalk in Tallinn's Old Town this time of year and something dangerous is lurking overhead. Yes, it's the time of year when enormous icicles start plunging to the ground like daggers and it seems safer for people to walk in the middle of the street than on the sidewalk. As the weather gets warmer around March and April, residual snow on rooftops alternatively melts and freezes as the temperatures straddle the zero mark. The result is either bulbous ice clumps dipping over the edges of roofs, or sharpened stalactites, some of which grow to over a meter in length. Whe...
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