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WATCH: Lake Michigan Waves Birth Giant Ice Balls

The balls are formed when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014



Visitors to the shores of Lake Michigan were greeted by an interesting sight this week, as waves lapped against hundreds of massive ice balls.

The balls, or boulders, as some have called them, are formed when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews.

As the waves lap the shore, the ice is tumbled, smoothed and frozen into a round shape.

"It's possible that the ice is accreting like a snowball or like a hailstone, and that they keep growing," Andrews said.

While the process does require specific conditions, it's definitely not an abnormal event, he said.

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Scott

" Honey.. you can stop looking in your jewelry box. I found my balls..... you left them in Michigan again

January 11 2014 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dumbneasy

Hmmm.... Ice Bowling? Arctic curling? Rename the place Heroes Beach cuzz it's so ballsy? Such possibilities!

January 10 2014 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nefarion

The caption says "hundreds". Apparently they have trouble estimating. Must be the same group that reports crowd numbers every time there is a non Democrat/Liberal gathering.

January 10 2014 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mstienlee

I would doubt that any "non dem/lib" would want to be in MI, especially around Detroit, calculating "hundreds" of ice balls. (At least, the "non dems/libs" can count to the "hundreds" which is a LOT more than what I can say for the real dems/libs, aside from the # of fingers on their hands.)

January 11 2014 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nefarion

Hundreds? Must be the same group reporting on crowd numbers every time the Tea Party has a gathering.

January 10 2014 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sbeldner914

I used to get those with my first wife.

January 10 2014 at 6:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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forkliftman53

do we have same ex wife

January 10 2014 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
goodgrief61945

They should run for congress. We need someone with a set.

January 10 2014 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
emmett

This, I am afraid is the real 'invasion of the body-snatchers'. Prepare to be duplicated for better or worse .

January 10 2014 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rrarizona

They appear to be climate change eggs. Beware if they hatch, mankind is doomed.

January 10 2014 at 5:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Obz3rv3r

Well, that explains where all of ours went with this Polar Vortex weather!

January 10 2014 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rod

hmmmm looks like old man winters' diggleberries

January 10 2014 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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