Great Lakes Ice Volcanoes – Another Winter Weather Phenomenon! [Video]
You might just stop complaining about this miserable winter (for a minute) when you take a look at the latest weather related phenomenon to be seen on the Great Lakes.
This horrendous winter has supplied us with plenty of ice, snow, power outages, car accidents, three Polar Vortexes, arctic air blasts and very high heating bills.
The season has also blessed us with some stunning and not often seen images around the Great Lakes.
Huge waves and frigid temperatures have turned some of our famous lighthouses into breathtaking ice castles. To see them, CLICK HERE.
Breathtaking and majestic ice caves formed along Lake Superior. CLICK HERE to check them out.
Huge ice balls, some weighing nearly 50 pounds, gently rolled along the shores of Lake Michigan, near Glen Arbor. To watch them, CLICK HERE for the video.
Thanks to the record breaking ice coverage of our Great Lakes, a small plane taking six passengers to Mackinac Island was able to successfully complete an emergency landing on Lake Huron. For that story, CLICK HERE.
Now we can add this weather phenomenon to the list. Ice volcanoes, or cryovolcanoes, are formed when ground level temperatures are slightly below freezing, and the waves are several feet high. They are not hills of snow, but rather a hollow, hardened cone of snow and ice. As the swells, on their way to the shore, build up beneath them, a combination of ice, sleet and snow erupts. They vary greatly in size, from a few feet to the size of a house.