abc
QUICK LINKS:

Rare North Dakota Ice Disk Found

Updated: 11/27/2013 11:17 AM
Created: 11/26/2013 1:39 PM WDIO.com
By: The Associated Press

Retired engineer George Loegering was out hunting with relatives over the weekend when he came across a spinning disk of ice in the Sheyenne River -- a weather phenomenon experts say likely was caused by cold, dense air, and an eddy in the river.

This ice circle is entirely natural and quite rare. It is the result of an eddy in the slowly-moving river. As the river began to freeze, the eddy froze as a perfect circle.

Ice circles are rare because they require just the right conditions: The river must be at the point of freezing, an eddy must be present and the current must be slow.

If the water is too fast, there is too much turbulence and the eddy is disrupted. If the eddy swirls too slowly, the river just freezes over without the circle.

It formed over the weekend on the Sheyenne River about 10 miles Southwest of Leonard, ND.

"It's a pretty cool one," one weather expert said.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • One Dead after Home Invasion in Ray, Minn.

    The Koochiching County Sheriff's Office responded to 5741 Highway 53 around 6 a.m. on Saturday in regards to a shooting that was a result of a home invasion. The suspect later died from his injuries at the Rainy Lake Medical Center.

  • Search for Missing Hurley Man May Be Over

    Ironwood officials said that the search for a missing Hurley man may be over after a vehicle was found submerged in 10 feet of water. The Public Safety Department posted to their Facebook page that the vehicle was found in Ironwood in the caves near Alfred Wright Boulevard.

  • DFL Makes Campaign Push in Minnesota

    Summer is here to enjoy, but an election is just 100 days away so politicians and their supporters are ramping up campaigns in Minnesota. DFLers gathered in Duluth to hit the streets and win over voters on Sunday.

  • Car Accident Near Moose Lake Injures Three People

    A serious two vehicle accident on County Road 61 south of Moose Lake brought three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

  • Virginia Fire Under Investigation

    A porch fire in Virginia Sunday morning is currently under investigation. The Virginia Fire Department responded to a fire at 309 1/2 6th Avenue North in Virginia around 6 a.m.

 
Advertisement