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Snow Rollers(7 posts)

Snow RollersPaulCL
Feb 13, 2003 6:37 AM
Maybe these things are common in the west, but they've never been seen in my area before. For the article, check out www.enquirer.com
kinda similar, out westmohair_chair
Feb 13, 2003 8:19 AM
funny coincidence!4bykn
Feb 13, 2003 1:50 PM
Front page of my local paper this morning had about the same picture, I'd heard of them, but never before seen them.

http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021303/new_20030213008.shtml
I'm still skeptical, despite these websitesKristin
Feb 13, 2003 2:41 PM
http://www.uaf.edu/water/faculty/yang/snowphenomena.html

http://www.uaf.edu/water/faculty/yang/snowphenomena.html
I mean...how strong would the wind need to be toKristin
Feb 13, 2003 2:41 PM
keep one of that size rolling?
Good questions; answers4bykn
Feb 13, 2003 4:20 PM
The ones in your links are pretty remarkable, but keep in mind the snow rollers pictured from central Illinois were formed on a night where the wind gusts were clocked at 68mph max. Furthermore, if one looks closely at the pictures the rollers are really only a few inches in diameter.

Also, somehow, somewhere, somebody ought to be able to make a joke out of "snow rollers" on a bike forum in wintertime.
HeightPaulCL
Feb 14, 2003 6:29 AM
The snow rollers in the field near my home range from a couple of inches to knee high. We had 40-50mph winds the night they were formed. They look really weird until you get the explanation.