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Rare self-rolling giant snow balls found in UK (snowroller)
Telegraph ^ | 01/08/10 | Heidi Blake

Posted on 01/08/2010 6:27:18 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Rare self-rolling giant snow balls found in UK

They may look like winter's answer to crop circles, but these mysterious snow rolls are in fact a rare natural phenomenon usually found only in the world's most remote and frozen regions.

By Heidi Blake

Published: 9:45PM GMT 08 Jan 2010

The rare snow rolls are formed by a combination of strong winds and fresh, moist snow Photo: Ron Trevett

Also known as snowrollers, snow bales and snow doughnuts, they form mostly in unusual conditions created by a precise combination of snow, ice, wind, temperature and moisture on the prairies of North America.

But this week's frozen weather has allowed the snow cylinders to make a freak appearance in the UK.

Ron Trevett, 55, and his wife Aileen, 54, readers of The Daily Telegraph, were stunned when they stumbled across the mysterious formations as they walked their dogs in a field near their home in Yeovil, Somerset.

"We saw them from a distance on the ridge of the field, and we thought some kids had been playing up there and making giant snowballs," said Mr Trevett.

"But when we got up there we saw there were no footprints and there were hundreds of them – too many for children to have done it. We realised it must have been the wind."

Mr Trevett, a builder, said he and his wife felt privileged to have witnessed such a rare phenomenon. "We feel very lucky. I'm the wrong side of fifty and I've never seen anything like it in my life. We were gobsmacked to look at them there in the sunlight. It was a really impressive sight, and I took some pictures so other people could share it," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; deepfreeze; snowroller; snowstorm

1 posted on 01/08/2010 6:27:18 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Even the snow is trying to head south for warmer climates.


2 posted on 01/08/2010 6:28:11 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Proof that Global warming it real.

Those are cool.

Thanks for posting it.


3 posted on 01/08/2010 6:30:20 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent..... "Fruit of Kaboom Bomber" was the 3rd attack.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

We had this for the only time in my life ,back in ,I think,2004.Even the blizzard of 1977-78 with much deeper snow had no such natural snowmen in this area of the Ohio Valley.


4 posted on 01/08/2010 6:31:43 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I am gobsmacked. :)


5 posted on 01/08/2010 6:32:46 PM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Just another bit of evidence of the effects of global warming. They were actually caused by algore’s windmills.
6 posted on 01/08/2010 6:34:18 PM PST by immadashell
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The snow is obviously trying to make contact with an alien life force.


7 posted on 01/08/2010 6:34:24 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

8 posted on 01/08/2010 6:34:34 PM PST by mikrofon (Elsewhere in Britain....)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

My grandmother mentioned seeing something like that once in Nebraska as a kid. I never saw pics, so I didn’t quite understand what she was talking about. I hadn’t thought about ‘em for years, so it’s quite amazing to see.


9 posted on 01/08/2010 6:35:34 PM PST by Hexenhammer ( The Spirit of '76!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It would be nice to see them form around the climate center in East Anglia.


10 posted on 01/08/2010 6:36:28 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (The End of an Error - 01/20/2013)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

11 posted on 01/08/2010 6:41:19 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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12 posted on 01/08/2010 6:49:52 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: Roscoe Karns

I’ve seen these in Milwaukee south of the airport. Pieces of snow would come off the edge of a drift at the top of an embankment that flanks the road that cuts across the southern approaches and roll to the bottom making snow disks.


13 posted on 01/08/2010 6:55:30 PM PST by aruanan
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To: TigerLikesRooster; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; bitt; SunkenCiv; JoeProBono
This is interesting and so neat to see! I was curious as to how they formed the hollow center;

[The top snow layer becomes a bit sticky, and you then need a fairly strong wind. The sticky layer can be peeled off the colder and more powdery snow underneath by the wind forming a roll.]

Not sure who keeps track of strange things like this but pinging a couple of people on it. Thanks for posting TKR!

14 posted on 01/08/2010 6:55:30 PM PST by potlatch
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To: mikrofon

Orange Alert!!!


15 posted on 01/08/2010 6:57:38 PM PST by Marshall 4x12 (NZ is seeming like a really good option these days.....)
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To: potlatch

16 posted on 01/08/2010 7:13:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Lol, just so it doesn’t roll over you!
Not sure WHO keeps track of these oddities of nature.


17 posted on 01/08/2010 7:15:51 PM PST by potlatch
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I have lived in the northern plains all of my life and have never seen nor heard of this phenomenon. When wind moves the snow up here we call it a blizzard.


18 posted on 01/08/2010 7:18:44 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Nature reinvents the wheel.


19 posted on 01/08/2010 7:20:53 PM PST by TChad
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To: The Great RJ

http://www.accuweather.com/news-weather-features.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&date=2009-12-24_16:04&month=12&year=2009

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/events/roller/roller.php

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/02/13/tem_snowrollers13.html


20 posted on 01/08/2010 7:56:02 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Cool.


21 posted on 01/08/2010 8:25:05 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

here in IN i have seen these twice . they are so neat. the last time it happened the school bus driver stopped her bus so the kids could take pictures of them and get a closer look. my son was amazed. partly by the snow and partly by the bus driver acting like a normal curious human.


22 posted on 01/08/2010 8:59:14 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Lockbar

lol.. i knew it, i thought it was only me who thinks like this.


23 posted on 01/08/2010 9:03:01 PM PST by kauai
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To: JoeProBono

now thats a snow ball :)


24 posted on 01/08/2010 9:03:02 PM PST by kauai
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Another sign of AGW.


25 posted on 01/08/2010 10:23:42 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Copenhagen Climate Summit; Shovel Ready)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Our ranks are growing, naturally
26 posted on 01/08/2010 10:31:27 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: potlatch

.

Thanks potlatch

Roll your own!


27 posted on 01/08/2010 11:08:20 PM PST by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . woodpile alert - "My muslim faith....." - "Kobe" Osama . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: potlatch

never saw these! thanks!


28 posted on 01/08/2010 11:27:36 PM PST by bitt (You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak (Abraham Lincoln))
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To: MediaMole

LOL!


29 posted on 01/08/2010 11:29:38 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Gator113

When my son’s were young, they thought snow men were just too common, so they built a snow toilet in our front yard. Looked real good when they put the toilet seat on it....


30 posted on 01/09/2010 12:11:46 AM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

We always built mountains to be King of. We also made Fort walls to defend in snowball fights.


31 posted on 01/09/2010 12:26:18 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent..... "Fruit of Kaboom Bomber" was the 3rd attack.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Most interesting winter phenom.


32 posted on 01/09/2010 2:46:05 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

33 posted on 01/09/2010 2:50:59 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Makes a person wonder if this is how man first saw the use of a wheel.


34 posted on 01/09/2010 2:57:47 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Eye of Unk

Snow tires for the Flintstones.


35 posted on 01/09/2010 2:59:53 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Phobos, kerdos, and doxa, said the Time Traveler. “Fear, self-interest, and honor.”)
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To: Daffynition
where I live we get these when the wind blows...LOL

36 posted on 01/09/2010 3:02:31 AM PST by stlnative
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To: stlnative
You're making me hungry for breakfast!


37 posted on 01/09/2010 3:19:21 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Eye of Unk
Who knows? Many inventions do start with accidental discovery.
38 posted on 01/09/2010 3:22:01 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: Daffynition

LOL... little green men love shredded wheat!


39 posted on 01/09/2010 3:30:24 AM PST by stlnative
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