In the Gulf of Ob in Siberia, thousands of naturally occuring snowballs have appeared. They occupy 18 km of beach. At the end of last month, people started to notice these eerie snowballs. After this, the beach was almost covered in the mysterious snowballs from Siberia.
People find these snowballs very uncommon and they mentioned that the snowballs have different sizes. They could be as big as a volleyball but some are just the size of a tennis ball. Some people still don’t believe that the snowballs from Siberia exist. Only those who saw them believe that they are real.
The administrator of the village, Valery Akulov, mentioned that nobody has seen this phenomenon before, not even the oldest residents. He mentioned that these snowballs were created on their own after the water moved the ice and snow. The pieces of ice entered in contact with the sand and they began to get bigger and bigger.
A member of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Sergey Lisenkov explained how those snowballs from Siberia were formed:
“As a rule, grease ice forms first slush. And then a combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of the coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls.”
This not the first time this event happens. Two years ago it happened in Lake Michigan during a polar vortex. Some snowballs formed in that area near Glen Arbor. Despite the fact that there were snowballs, the event that happened roughly two years ago was not as big as this one. Now, the snowballs in Siberia are bigger and they occupy more space than the ones in the vicinity of Lake Michigan.
A meteorologist mentioned that this happens near the Lake Michigan once the temperature of the water is below freezing and small pieces of ice form on the water. After that, they get bigger with the help of the additional water that freezes, too. The snowballs come to the shore, driven by the water and they stay there until the weather gets warmer.
This type of natural phenomenon is rare and the snowballs from Siberia are even bigger than the ones formed near Lake Michigan. This happens once every few years in cold weathered places.
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