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#1 MH81 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 28, 2014 - 09:47 PM

Monday, on my way to work, I drove past a field with a couple hundred of these little snow balls. Basically, it looks like the bottom of a snowman that someone abandoned and made another, and another, etc.

They're called snow rollers and require some pretty exact situations to form.

Meteorologist Jason Nicholas has told us these little nature-made snowballs are called "snow rollers." They are very rare and were caused by last night's weather conditions.

"We had temps near freezing when the snow began - perhaps even a little ice formed on the top at the surface to not allow for the snow to stick and to allow it to roll," Nicholas explained. "Then the winds picked up basically rolling the snow like a snow ball."

The news and social media was full of pics. They range from softball to near 3' across.
Here are some pics from around the area.

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Posted January 28, 2014 - 09:52 PM

Never heard of that before. Cool, that you where able to

capture those pics.


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 09:58 PM

Never heard of that before. Cool, that you where able to
capture those pics.


Only a few of them are mine, some from relatives, some random from news sources.
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Posted January 28, 2014 - 10:00 PM

So, were they formed on Sunday nite or Monday morning? If Monday, we can stick with the 'snow roller' bit, but we're gonna hafta switch to 'Holy Rollers' if they were done before noon on Sunday.

 

Aren't those formed when a raccoon attempts to do a snow angel?

 

Many thanks to the PA residents who came up with something to replace crop circles. When you're covered in snow for 5 months straight, times get desperate.


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Posted January 28, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Wow I've never heard of that happening, bet it was awesome to see. They make for some great pictures too but that poor National must be cold.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 12:24 AM

Those are really neat. We have seen them on a side hill, where gravity helped them along, but never in a field before.
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Posted January 29, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Not to be out done by the folks in PA, Ohio had some rollers of their own.

http://www.cnn.com/v...ppear.wbns.html
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Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:18 AM

Those are interesting. It seems that this winter we can expect all sorts of strange and wonderful weather. 


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:33 AM

Never seen that before.  Thanks for the pictures.  Rick


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 07:48 AM

Cool stuff! Thanks for the pics. Cat may be onto something! :bigrofl:


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:47 AM

Thanks for that, have never seen them in person.

Mother Nature is full of surprises.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 07:57 AM

Very cool photos. 

 

I swear my mom has a picture of me standing in front of one of those in like 1985 in the front yard.  I don't remember because I was only a year old.  But I swear there is a picture.

 

I'll have to ask her.  Because for some reason I remember seeing the photo and asking her if she made that and she said no the wind did.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Like most, I have never heard of a snow roller,  Learn something new all the time.  Thanks






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