STREET SCENE: Evening Snow Bike

Why is the night snow tangerine colored?

Street Scene will appear each week showcasing the illustrations of local artist Jerry Waese.


  1. Depending on where you are, the snow can be tangerine coloured thanks to the colour spectrum of the street lights.

    Back before amalgamation, the old City replaced all of its roughly 35,000 remaining incandescent lamps with white spectrum metal-halide, but there was a lot of yellow sodium vapour in the City, and throughout the suburbs. Alas, the colour spectrum of lighting has never been embraced as a design issue in the amalgamated city even though it has a big effect, especially where the light is not supplemented with bluer-spectrum sources such as storefront windows.

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