Two curious weather phenomena have been spotted over the frozen waters of the lake this winter in Michigan and Wisconsin.
From formations similar to “ice volcanoes” to “compact ice balls”, these are definitely signs that Lake Michigan is as cold as an ice floe.
Last Friday, Holland National Park in Michigan posted a photo on social networks showing hundreds of “ice balls” lining the lakeshore
According to the National Weather Service, the strange phenomenon usually occurs in early winter and that the intense polar cold we experienced last week was what caused them to form.
Experts explained that the balls are simply smaller pieces of ice that broke off from the larger layers that cover the lake. The strong swell makes them acquire the round shape until they crawl and reach the shore.
For those who want to see them up close, state park officials are asking for extreme caution. “Seriously, if you come to see the ice balls, bundle up and be careful when walking on any kind of surface or debris covered with snow or ice.
In another strange and icy moment lived in a lake in Michigan, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids shared on Twitter images of what appeared to be “ice volcanoes” on Oval Beach.
“You never know what you’ll find on the lake,” the tweet said. “Today it was volcanoes.”
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources explained that “volcanoes” are ice caps that “explode” because of the intensity of the waves and create a hole.