was that a haiku, farp? Nice work. The word here is sublimation...ice turing into water vapor directly without a liquid phase. Common along the front range at least, where the dry wind occasionally sweeps in from the planes and carries with it the snow. There's a Ute word for it that I can't remember which means "snow eater".
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy