This past week, an army of snowballs stormed a beach in Siberia, leaving behind what appear to be a millions of the icy spheres on the beach of the Arctic town of Nyda.
But here’s the catch, these snowballs were not fashioned by young kids, nor did they fall from the sky in the form of hail. These snowballs were instead fashioned by nature’s hand– in the sea reports The Siberian Times. The result of a unique environmental phenomenon called, “slob ice,” nature forms its seaborne snowballs when small pieces of ice form in the water and are subsequently rolled by wind and water, creating the icy spheres pictured below.
Just so happens that this instance in Russia is one of the most staggering events of its kind ever recorded, with roughly 11 miles of coastline getting swamped by the snowballs.
“It is a rare natural phenomenon. As a rule, grease ice forms first, slush. And then a combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of the coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls.” – Sergey Lisenkov of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
A similar event happened on Lake Michigan in December of 2015, when the snowballs appeared in force near Traverse City, MI.
Find the entire Siberian Times article here: Anyone for a snowball fight?