As the so-called "polar vortex" slowly releases its frigid grip on the Midwest, it's leaving an odd site in its wake: gigantic, spherical ice balls that have taken over Lake Michigan.
A YouTube user uploaded video of the phenomenon in Glen Arbor, Mich., yesterday. The clip shows thousands of rounded, boulder-sized ice balls bobbing up and down in the water.
The balls form when chunks break off the massive ice sheets that coat parts of the lake in the winter, Annie Lipscomb, a park ranger at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, explained to MLive. They gain their shape as waves in the lake ceaselessly toss them about, slowly rolling them into spheres.
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I sent a email to 3 of my family members who have lived in Michigan their whole life and asked them if this is normal or have they ever seen or heard of this before. I'll update when I get word back.
I hope those didn't fall from the sky...
IF that's the kind of hail we might be looking forward to in the future, we might have serious issues...