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27 January 2014 @ 05:59 pm

I have become absolutely obsessed with snow rollers. This kinda crappy pic was taken in front of my middle son's school. These things are like the croissant of the snowball world. You can see all the little snow roller trails around me; I picked up the biggest one. They’re not heavy at all (and I have, like ZERO upper-body strength so I should know.) Nature is fucking awesome.

"A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made.

Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape, and are often hollow since the inner layers, which are the first layers to form, are weak and thin compared to the outer layers and can easily be blown away, leaving what looks like a doughnut or Swiss roll.[1] Snow rollers have been seen to grow as large as two feet in diameter.

The following conditions are needed for snow rollers to form:

-The ground must be covered by a layer of ice to which snow will not stick.
-The layer of ice must be covered by wet, loose snow with a temperature near the melting point of ice.
-The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them apart.
-Alternatively, gravity can move the snow rollers as when a snowball, such as those that will fall from a tree or cliff, lands on steep hill and begins to roll down the hill.

Because of this last condition, snow rollers are more common in hilly areas. However, the precise nature of the conditions required makes them a very rare phenomenon.” -Wikipedia 1/27/2014
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The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on January 27th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
Geysers and snow rollers get me every time. *is easy*
counteragentcounteragent on January 27th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
you are adorbs with your snowroller!
monicawoe: Nodmonicawoe on January 27th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
All we have in NYC is the grey-snow-ice-gunk that eventually becomes indestructible and stays in clumps for weeks after everything else has melted. Bah!
Kallielkalliel on January 28th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
I WANT ONE. *_____________________* GET WITH THE PROGRAM, MICHIGAN.

And I love this picture. <3333
comachomaisky on January 28th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
cassiopeia7: Walken in a winter wonderlandcassiopeia7 on January 28th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
WOW! Even with all the snow and wind we get here, I've never seen a "snow roller" before. EVER. *is jealous*

. . . now run back into the nice, warm house before our sub-zero insanity gets to your neck of the woods and all those pretty snow rollers turn to ice-balls!
(Anonymous) on January 28th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Wow looks amazing! I've never heard of snow rollers!
I've never even seen/touched real snow in my life D:
Artmetica: Misha luvartmetica on January 28th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me -_- forgot to log in!
fannishliss: Hexfannishliss on January 28th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC)
very cool! thanks for sharing!!!

I remember one time we were in a hailstorm with enormous spiky hail balls. Nature is amazing!
Nobody's laughing now: R - old woman gleelavinialavender on January 28th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
Wow! Those are really cool, and I had no idea they existed.
Amberamberdreams on January 28th, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
Well you learn something new every day - I'd never heard of snow rollers before. When I started reading your post I thought it was some sort of man made device to assist with making snow men (and confess I was also thinking - typical Americans inventing a labour saving snowman-maker!!!).
Yesterday I learned the term gaslighting and was left wondering how I'd never come across that before. Whoever said the internet isn't educational?
BeeLikeJ: Buttersbeelikej on January 28th, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
How cool are those?! Enjoying this vicariously through you (as we don't have snow at the moment and certainly not rollers). Awesome.
Blackrabbit42blackrabbit42 on January 28th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
All the little ones in the picture around you... it looks like they are little snow gremlins wandering around. I bet if we looked on youtube, we could find some vids of snow-rolling in action.

harriganharrigan on January 28th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of these! What fun! Glad you have a window of time where the temps were above zero to get outside! Brrr....
thursdaysistersthursdaysisters on January 28th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
so jealous! We've got maybe two inches of snow here, not enough to be SUPER fun
becc_jbecc_j on February 2nd, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
This looks like a lot of fun!