We have one of those nifty ergonomic snow shovels – very useful and handy, and easy on the back.

Ours also has another purpose.  It’s a weather shovel.

It’s out from the house a bit, with the scoop part exposed to the elements.  This collects water.

When the weather is good, we can tell because the water is wet.

Of course, when the water is solid, we know it’s pretty cold outside.

Right now, the water is very hard. It’s cold out there!