Being from Michigan I'm used to dealing with freezing cold temperatures.

Detroit Area Walloped With Over A Foot Of Snow From Latest Winter Storm
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When I moved to Grand Rapids from Howell I got to experience "Lake Effect Snow"

Wikipedia / NASA
Wikipedia / NASA

According to Wikipedia lake effect snow is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water. The lower layer of air, heated up by the lake water, picks up water vapor from the lake and rises up through the colder air above. The vapor then freezes and is deposited on the leeward (downwind) shores.


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White snowplow service truck with orange lights and yellow plow blade clearing residential roads of snow while flakes are still falling
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But one thing I never heard of until today was something called "Ice Balls" 

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Paul May YouTube

According to Atlas Obscura "Ice Balls" are ice boulders that form when cold chunks break from ice sheets, and the movements of a lake’s waves sculpt those pieces into rounder shapes. The balls can also accrue more layers of ice, growing large. On occasion, these rotund ice balls reach lake shores, where they form what can look like very cold ball pits.

This video of ice balls forming on the Lake Michigan shoreline at Esch Road Beach in Benzie County is getting lots of views online. Apparently I'm not the only person that has never heard of or seen ice balls before.



These Ice Balls Are From Last January at Holland State Park

These Ice Balls formed along Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor

These ice balls formed in Lake Michigan at Idlewood Beach

I need to bundle up and take a trip out to the lakeshore to see if I can see any ice balls in person.

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