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Lake Superior Ice Stacking [Video]

We had to share this beautiful footage shot on February 13, 2016 by Dawn M. LaPointe. If you appreciate the power of beauty of Mother Nature, this is definitely worth sharing with your friends. 

Here’s what the original post on Radiant Spirit Gallery’s Facebook page said: 

“While shooting in Canal Park, I noticed the ice had pulled away from shore and felt the breeze at my back. I anticipated there would be some ice stacking as the massive sheet of ice met the shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach. The big lake did not disappoint! As the water opened up, the sea smoke was whisked across the surface by the breeze. The sparkles visible in some segments were from the sun gilding the frost flowers that had formed on top of the new ice overnight — icing on the cake! (Turn up your volume to hear the plates of ice stacking.) I am at awe and mesmerized by ice stacking (and waves), and spent hours immersed in the sights and sounds of one of my favorite winter occurrences (despite the subzero temps and frigid breeze). I hope you enjoy this glimpse into an incredible experience along the shores of Gitche Gumee! ~~Dawn

Four hours of 12-15 mph steady winds from the SW led up to the movement of the large sheets of ice on Lake Superior. The conditions during the two hours of filming ranged from -8°F to +3°F air temp (-20°F to -8°F windchill) with winds 5-10 mph from the SW. [For our friends using the metric system: Celsius: – 22c to -29c; wind speed from: 19-24 km]

As the massive sheets of ice met the rocky shorelines, they broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass. The ice thickness being stacked on shore ranged from about 1/4″ thick to about 3″ thick [.5cm – 7.5cm]. The sights and sounds were incredible! (Weather data courtesy of the National Weather Service in Duluth)

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