22 February 2011

Snowballs spending a day at the beach

"It happens when there's a heavy snowfall and some wind at a time when the water is cold enough to freeze but due to motion it is prevented from doing so.

Conditions must be: Water temperature at zero deg. C., snow falling into the waves and combining together as the waves roll it along; think of it rolling a snowball on a liquid surface rather than a field, I'm sure you get the idea.

In Cape Breton this phenomenon is known by local fishermen as "a Lolly".
From foamymilkyway, where there are additional photos of this phenomenon.


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  2. Wow. That didn't last long; good thin I saved a copy of the pic rather than hotlinking it.

    I couldn't find the set of photos posted elsewhere, but did find this similar pic -


    from Sweden.

  3. As with so much that you post, I have never heard of this before. Very cool! Thanks!

  4. addendum - just found a video. Will post in the morning.



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