When intense winds make contact with a large body of water, we all know that it will create a series of waves. But when gusting winds blow against frozen water, well, something a little different happens.
Pigeon Lake in Alberta was just hit with a massive ice shove this weekend–where ice that was on a lake gets blown into piles by the shore. It’s the first time it’s happened in the area in last few years, and while the phenomenon can be destructive, the damage this year was limited to only a few homes.
It’s really a sight to behold though. If you’re every lucky enough to catch one in action, you can actually watch the ice move up the shore.
It’s as if it’s being drawn by some kind of magnet:
The end result is a pile of ice that looks like shards of glass. Here’s what Pigeon Lake looked like afterwards:
— Margeaux Morin (@MargeauxMorin) April 10, 2016
When they aren’t destroying things though, ice shoves can actually be quite beautiful:
— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) February 16, 2016
— Karin Swanson (@KarinSwansonWx) April 17, 2014
Other times, you just have to appreciate how epic these things can become:
— Deepanshu Gahlaut (@DpanshuGahlaut) May 16, 2014
— Mark J. Westpfahl (@MarkJWestpfahl) April 29, 2014
— amycrea (@amycrea) April 29, 2014
Needless to say, this is one natural phenomenon that’s best viewed from the comfort of your own home.
Preferably with a nice big cup of hot chocolate, pillows and a big comforter.