'Chandeliering Ice' phenomena unfolds at Medicine Lake

3:40 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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Plymouth, MN-- Many of us thought we'd seen it all when it comes to the winter of 2012-2013.

Think again.

On a day in which spring made its return to Minnesota with a vengeance, Nadalie Thomas caught Old Man Winter making his last stand with an ice-shattering spectacle known to some as "chandeliering."

Nadalie and her kids were down on the shores of Medicine Lake in Plymouth Saturday when they noticed large piles of ice that were splintering into fine shards similar to glass. As spectacular as the visual image was the ear-splitting sound that accompanied the icy scene.

Thomas shot video of the phenomena and sent it in to KARE 11.

Meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta was so impressed at the unusual occurrence that he showed Nadalie's video on his weathercast at both 5 and 10 p.m. Jerrid says the remaining ice is very brittle due to the sun and warm temps, and at some point it reaches the state where ice first crystalizes.

The ice then splinters, creating a racket in the process.

One viewer emailed Mr. Sebesta claiming that it is known as "chandeleiring ice." Another friend of Jerrid's claims that a similar occurrence happened on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs back in 1994, leaving piles of ice shards so large they had to be removed by front end loaders.

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