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Natural Snowballs

Naturevolume 29page428 (1884) | Download Citation



IT is nearly a year since I inclosed to you an account of the natural snowballs or snow-rollers which were to be seen in great numbers for many square miles in this vicinity on February 21, 1883. A friend has called my attention to a brief newspaper report of a recurrence of the same remarkable phenomenon on a larger scale in Oneida and Herkimer counties, in the State of New York. The rollers were formed by the wind on the night of Tuesday, January 22, and are said to have been “innumerable,” hundreds being seen on an acre of ground. The measurements of the largest are the same as those which I made of the largest that I saw last year, 18 inches in length and 12 in diameter. But, whereas all of last year's were extremely delicate, so as to yield to the touch, it is reported that some of those seen in January were “solid and so firm that they could be handled quite roughly without breaking.” I send these memoranda to you, thinking that you may deem them worthy of preservation in the columns of your journal.

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