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Old 06-22-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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June 22, 2009: Snow Rollers

They look a little like snow covered hay rolls, but they are not.
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On the evening of March 31st, 2009, Tim Tevebaugh was driving home from work east of Craigmont in the southern Idaho Panhandle. Across the rolling hay fields, Tim saw a very unusual phenomenon. The snow rollers that he took pictures of are extremely rare because of the unique combination of snow, wind, temperature and moisture needed to create them. They form with light but sticky snow and strong (but not too strong) winds. These snow rollers formed during the day as they weren’t present in the morning on Tim’s drive to work.


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The following conditions are needed for snow rollers to form:

The ground must be covered by a layer of ice to which snow will not stick.
The layer of ice must be covered by wet, loose snow with a temperature near the melting point of ice.
The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them too fast.
Alternatively, gravity can move the snow rollers as when a snowball, such as those that will fall from a tree or cliff, lands on steep hill and begins to roll down the hill.
Because of this last condition, snow rollers are more common in hilly areas. However, the precise nature of the conditions required makes them a very rare phenomenon.
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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Basically, cylindrical snowballs, right?

Wow. I love it when freaky stuff happens.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:01 AM   #3
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Those pictures are from a mile away and they're sixty five feet high. If you look closely you can see cows and sheep embedded in them.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:46 AM   #4
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Most of them are 18 inches to two feet in diameter.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:03 AM   #5
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Those are small cows and sheep that I see embedded in them.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:27 AM   #6
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Makes me want to be there instead of in this 100+ degree hell we're in down here. Looks refreshing.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:36 AM   #7
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Mother Nature is so amazing - Thanks Bruce, another great find.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:03 AM   #8
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:43 AM   #9
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Very cool. Reminds me of that rolled up hay or straw or whatever it is...when I worked at the produce farm in the market some guy asked me how much one of those rolls weighed. I'm like "how the hell should I know?" No, not really, I only thought that.
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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A 5 ft hay roll should weigh about 1,000 lbs.
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:28 PM   #11
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Dang. Wish the Cellar had existed in 1981, or at the very least that I knew Bruce.

That's funny, though, I might have told the guy, these days "I don't know, I'll google it later."
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:33 PM   #12
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How come so many weird things happen in Idaho?

Hemingway, separatists, my own private...now this.

Makes you think.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:34 PM   #13
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Apologies to Bri and Hemingway, but snow rollers happen in lots of places.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:25 PM   #14
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Here in KY, we don't roll our snow. We roll our dope, though, we've been known to do that on occasion. Our snow, now, we line that up in big fat slobberknockers on a large mirr---oh, wait, wait, nevermind.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:49 PM   #15
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I wish we could get enough snow to roll down here. It's once in a blue moon.
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