Nature's Perfect Snowballs

February 3, 2014

Can you believe that it is February already?  Where did the past month go?  I'm a few days late with this post, but it's better late than never!

You may have heard last week about snow rollers that occured in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  They are a strange phenomenon that almost never occurs.  There has to be an icy layer on the snow and then another thin layer of snow must accumulate on top of that.  And then there has to be gusty winds to move the snow along.  Basically, snow rollers are snowballs made by nature under perfect conditions.

Right down the road from my house is a cemetery with a large, open field in the back.  It was covered in these fantastic snowballs last week, so I thought I'd give you an up close and personal look at them.

Many of the snow rollers have a hole right through the center of them.

I figured that they would be icy and solid, but the slightest touch makes them crumble into a pile of snow.

Did you have any of these in your yard last week?

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