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Snow Spirals-Can YOU Explain Them?

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posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 03:44 AM
I've never heard of "snow "spirals" before....

Here's the curious thing: The wires were spun clockwise, while the snow formations were spun anti-clockwise. The hardened snow spirals were rotated opposite of the metal wire's weave. We also noticed that spirals near the top of the wires were longer (~1 meter) than spirals at the bottom (0.1 - 0.3 meters)--perhaps because of gravity?"

So is gravity the culprit? Seems to be so,

Indeed, the changing wavelength of the spiral suggests gravity played a role in their formation. This could be how heavy snow sags under its own weight when it clings to a braided wire. Why the spirals should oppose the braid, however, is not obvious. Readers with explanations are invited to submit them for consideration.

So, anyone know why these "snow spirals" are some new thing now with this snowstorm? What makes this snowstorm so much more special aside from it being so large? People on are looking for answers too! Any guesses?

edit on 2-2-2011 by matrixportal because: (no reason given)

edit on 2-2-2011 by matrixportal because: cant figure out how to embed an image directly on here. grrr

posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 03:59 AM
There's another thread that was started about those yesterday.

posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 04:05 AM

oh well at least I'm learning how to embed an image finally

posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 04:16 AM
reply to post by matrixportal

Did snow/ice adhere to the wire as it was wound back down on itself as the bottom part of a support wire on some kind of pole?

posted on May, 22 2011 @ 11:04 PM

off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


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