10 Amazing Snow and Ice Phenomena

With the right weather conditions and temperature, ice and snow can come in different forms.

Needle Ice

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When the temperature of the soil is above 0°C and the surface temperature of the air is below 0°C, the subterraneam moisture is brought to the surface via capillary action and a phenomenon called needle ice is formed. Also called “frost column,” needle ice consists of groups of narrow ice slivers that are typically a few centimeters long.

Frost Flower

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Frost flower, also known as “ice flower” or “ice ribbon,” is a phenomenon in which thin layers of ice are squeezed like toothpaste from plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are shaped into exquisite forms that curl into petals looking like ribbons or flowers. Usually observed during early morning or in shaded areas, a frost flower is formed when the sap in the stem of plants have frozen, causing the stem tissue to burst, and allowing the water to extrude outward and freezes upon contact with cold air. Frost flower can only “bloom” when the ground is not frozen.

Anchor Ice


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Anchor ice is submerged ice attached or anchored to the bottom, often adhering to stones and other substances forming the bed of streams or rivers. It is most commonly found in fast-flowing rivers during periods of extreme cold, in the shallow sub or intertidal during or after storms when the air temperature is below the freezing point of the water, and in the subtidal in the Antarctic along ice shelves or near floating glacier tongues.

Ice Circle

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16 Responses to “10 Amazing Snow and Ice Phenomena”
  1. qasimdharamsy Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Very nice article…good work….

  2. Pinaki Ghosh Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Wonderful article

  3. upeshdaa Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    please give me a snow egg. very fine.

  4. Joe Dorish Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    That frost flower is amazing!

  5. Videomark Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

  6. K.Reshma Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Nice one

  7. Eunice Tan Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Really Wonderful. Happy New Year JK

  8. Borneon Says...

    On January 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I wish I can see snow in real life. There’s no snow at all from where I came from so anything with snow and ice fascinate me .. :-)

  9. papaleng Says...

    On January 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Excellent article with fantastic photos.

  10. Will Gray Says...

    On January 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Fantastic article and pics!

  11. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On January 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Wow! The snow donut looks so much like a real one. The pictures were great. This was so edifying.

  12. R J Evans Says...

    On January 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Really loved this one, especially the snow donut!

    Have blogged this at:


    Thanks – and Happy New Year!

  13. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On January 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I loved snow donuts. They really look so cute.

  14. CutestPrincess Says...

    On January 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Comprehensive and well written article as usual. Thanks.

  15. Yovita Siswati Says...

    On January 6, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Interesting phenomenons

  16. Marcy Says...

    On November 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    A few days ago my husband made me go outside into the woods to look at some ice. In our 40 years we have never seen anything like that!. It was everywhere! It seems what we saw was the Ice Ribbon phenomenon, which is exactly how I was trying tp explain it to friends and family. Thank you for giving me the answer!

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