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Snow Rollers!

January 28, 2014

Freaking Cleveland just gets weirder every minute. Today I learned about another wacko thing around here: snow rollers.

There is this strange meteorological phenomenon known as “snow rollers” that seems to be part of the winter landscape in NE Ohio. Basically, strong winds scoop up a bunch of icy snow and blow/roll it into a hollow cylinder that resembles a jelly roll. Or one of the tires from the Flintstone’s car. Just freaking weird.

Conditions have to be just right, though: the ground must have a crusty layer of ice; the ice must then be covered by wet, loose snow; the wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers; and there must be some sort of incline to the ground. Once the snow roll gets so big that the wind can’t move it anymore, they stop rolling. And the winds around here have been absolutely brutal, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some snow rollers around that are as big as cars.

Now, I haven’t seen any of these oddities with my own eyes, but I’m on the lookout now. I hope some form in my back yard, though, because it’s too damn cold to leave the house. I’m also hoping the wind picks up enough to blow some of the dog poop out there into my neighbor’s yard.

Here’s a photo of some rollers, from today’s Akron Beacon Journal:

Snow rollers spotted in Akron. Photo credit Akron Beacon Journal.

Have you seen any snow rollers? Share your photos with me, so I don’t have to go outside but can still pretend I’ve seen some.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire Lynch permalink
    January 28, 2014 9:36 pm

    They talked about snow rollers on Channel 13 yesterday.

  2. Jeanette permalink
    January 29, 2014 10:00 am

    We have them here too sweet pea, Duanesburg was reporting them and posting pics, so eh, it’s not so weird in Cleveland. I think you’re a little home sick :(

    • January 29, 2014 2:15 pm

      In my defense: I lived 41 years in NY State, 20 of them in the Capital Region, and I NEVER heard of snow rollers until I moved here.

      Though, I am homesick.

  3. Bill permalink
    March 3, 2014 8:43 pm

    I never heard of a snow roller either, Wendy, and I lived in Cleveland for 18 years. So don’t feel too bad.

    I think it may have become an “adopted” thing – first in Cleveland, maybe; then in Duanesburg. But I can’t say for sure.

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