At least there is one cool thing about this cold weather: Ice balls
It's very cold right now.
And while this can lead to a number of cumbersome and chilly frustrations — chattering teeth, numb fingers, and a general disinterest in going outside — there are some cool sides of the frosty winter. One that we're particularly excited about? Ice balls.
As we know, cold weather has the effect of freezing liquids, but when the Great Lakes get cold, there is an additional cool beauty: little ice boulders — or ice balls — form.
According to Atlas Obscura, "Ice boulders form when cold chunks break from ice sheets, and the movements of a lake’s waves sculpt those pieces into rounder shapes. The balls can also accrue more layers of ice, growing large."
Check out some pics of ice balls that are being shared on social media right now.
One of the many wonders of northern Michigan in the winter! Ice balls have started to form again on Lake Michigan in Leland! ❄️🌊 pic.twitter.com/T6eKypyF1K— Meghan Morelli (@MeghanMorelliTV) December 29, 2017
It's as cold as balls out, Lake Michigan balls that is, as the mysterious balls of ice make their appearance along the shores of Frankfort, Michigan. pic.twitter.com/YTp9YN3VQH— Daniel Mears (@MearsDaniel) January 1, 2018
Fun fact: Ice balls, like these, form along the shoreline when chunks break off sheets of ice on the water! They gain their sphere shape as waves toss them about! This pic was taken in Delhaven, NS on the Minas Basin. Courtesy: Jamie McCamon @CTVAtlantic pic.twitter.com/6YbU0tMl3e— Alyse Hand (@AlyseHandCTV) December 28, 2017