- A weather anomaly has resulted in ice balls covering Lake Manitoba at Steep Rock, and one expert believes it was all caused by snowflakes.
A weather oddity has coated Lake Manitoba near Steep Rock in ice balls, and one expert says it was all triggered by snowflakes.
Peter Hofbauer, a resident of Steep Rock, said he travels out to Lake Manitoba almost every day, but when he went out on Saturday, he saw something he had never seen before.
The lake was encrusted with ice orbs.
He added, “I’ve never seen ice formed like that before.”
When Julienne Stroeve, a professor in the University of Manitoba Department of Environment and Geography, saw the photos of the odd ice structures, she was taken aback.
She said, “I’ve never witnessed anything like it.”
Stroeve believes that snowflakes may be to blame for the ice balls’ formation.
“The snowflakes could have worked as a catalyst, causing the top layer to freeze and become ice all of a sudden,” she said. “You can produce these kinds of snowball formations if you have some wave or wind activity that starts to spin things up.”
She claims that a similar occurrence can occur in the arctic.
“You get this pancake ice, and that happens when the surface layer first freezes and a thin sheet of ice starts to form, and then the wave movement kind of bumps these little bits of ice together and you get these rounded edges, and you get these pancake shapes,” says the author.
She thinks it’s fascinating to see such a weather event in Manitoba.
“I believe there are always fascinating weather conditions that can result in some truly beautiful patterns in nature, and I suppose this is just one of them.”
When you go outside in Manitoba, Hofbauer says, you never know what you’ll discover.
“If we keep our eyes and ears clear, we can learn something from nature every time we walk outside.”
Source: CTV News
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