The Great Temagami

SNOWROLLERS

 

Photos: Bob Farr (top) and Gerry Gooderham (bottom set)

 

DECEMBER 2003 These strange snowrollers were created by a freak weather phenomenon across Lake Temagami that residents had never before witnessed. The axe provides scale.

In late December when the event occurred, the snow cover on the lake had melted in a warm spell. This was followed by a freeze, followed by another mild spell, this time bringing heavy, wet snow. Six to seven centimetres of snow blanketed slippery ice.

"A very gusty wind came up out of the west," said Bob Farr of Cattle Island, "and was strong enough to literally roll the snow up like blankets of sod. As they rolled, they gathered in size."

 

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