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Snow Rollers In The Wild

Ok, you have all heard of tumbleweeds. A staple of any western movie worth its salt from the beginning of time. In fact, I may have to watch some Clint Eastwood or John Wayne today.

I am willing to bet you have not seen or let alone heard of snow rollers. Think Little Debbie’s Swiss Rolls snack. Now picture them super-sized, scattered to and fro across the landscape.

Snow Roller

Think the Grinch or any number of Saturday morning cartoons where someone starts a snowball rolling down a hill getting bigger, on its way to mayhem.

Snow Roller

The snow roller has an unseen hand directing its construction. While I doubt they can be used as a weapon of mass destruction, they are a sight to behold.

Snow Roller

These are created when temperatures are near freezing and a steady wind blows. A slope helps the process. So rare, I don’t think I have ever seen the snow roller in my lifetime of living in our winter icebox, until yesterday.

Have you ever seen these before?

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