Surging Ice - The New Spring Thaw

With increasingly erratic temperature swings occurring in accordance with the Zetas' predictions, combined with unpredictably forceful winds from a worsening Earth wobble, rapidly thawing winter ice has precipitated unprecedented destruction along lakes and inland rivers in the northern latitudes.  From Alaska to Minnesota, walls of ice have surged across shorelines engulfing homes and leaving astonished onlookers in their wake.

The ice flows piling up on shorelines in N America are certainly caused in the main by the more violent Earth wobble. This, combined with repeated thawing and freezing which has been as result of the incipient blending of the seasons. Hard frozen lake ice does not move under the wind, but when thin due to the Spring thaw is more mobile. Ice flows that would ordinarily be thick, and thus bump into one another but remain in place, are thawed to a thinness that allows them to fracture as they are thrust against one another, thus in a state that can be carried by waves readily. Is this likely to get worse as the 8 of 10 blending of the seasons progresses? It is likely to be a temporary feature, as when the blending is firmly in place, no significant ice will form on these lakes in the first place!

May 1, 2013

Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency captured stunning footage of a 9-ft wall of ice ploughing for miles across the frozen Codette Reservoir near Nipawin, Saskatchewan.


May 6, 2013

Surging ice damaged dozens of homes along the shores of Alberta Beach on Lac Sainte Anne, Alberta.


May 10, 2013

Powerfully wind-driven ice bank demolished dozens of homes on the shores of Manitoba’s Dauphin Lake. 


May 11, 2013

Ice heaves, some 30 feet high, covered 10 miles of shoreline on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, pushing into homes.


May 17, 2013

Boulders of ice pounded villages along Alaska's Yukon River, destroying outbuildings and knocking homes off their foundations, though not as severe as the rapid thaw in 2009 that buried the region in blocks of river ice.


ZetaTalk: Blending of the Seasons

"The blending of the seasons will be a phenomena that will occur during the 8 of 10 scenarios, in the time prior to the last weeks. Due to the Earth wobble, there are many phenomena in many parts of the globe which could be described as unseasonable weather. Snow in summer has occurred and is on the increase. Very warm days in the middle of winter, more than the typical winter thaw, so that fruit trees bud in winter, ruining the harvest when frost returns. But the blending of the seasons will be characterized by extreme change happening rapidly, one direction to another. What you have had up until the present is trends for more extreme weather. Imagine going from the heat of the hottest summer day to the cold of the coldest winter day, all within a day or so. That is a blending of the seasons."

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Comment by Howard on April 17, 2014 at 3:38pm

Giant Ice Shoves Invade Great Lakes Shorelines (Apr 13)

The severe storms that came through Wisconsin on Saturday are causing problems on the lake shores.

Gusty winds sent floating ice up onto the shore on Lake Winnebago. Now, massive ice shoves are piling up in places like Oshkosh, where it's spilling into backyards and roads.

Ice shoves are also lining the shoreline in Menominee, Michigan, closed the road to the Menominee lighthouse and caused some minor property damage.

Ice cover over the Great Lakes as of April 15 is the most widespread on record for mid-April, covering over 39 percent of the Great Lakes.


Comment by Howard on January 28, 2014 at 10:53pm

Another extremely rare wind-driven ice phenomena appearing in northeastern states.

'Snow Rollers' Appearing in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois (Jan 27)

Local news outlets in states such as Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania reported on the snowy sculptures Monday, with some local residents saying they had yards full of them.

Snow rollers are a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large columns of snow form when wind blows chunks of snow along the ground, says the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Jason Nicholas says, "We had temps near freezing when the snow began - perhaps even a little ice formed on the top at the surface to not allow for the snow to stick and to allow it to roll. Then the winds picked up basically rolling the snow like a snow ball."

Strong winds are required to create snow rollers to form and push the snowballs along. Some common shapes that snow rollers take are balls, donuts and even jelly rolls. Although snow rollers look like snowballs, they are not tightly packed.  

Nancy Graham, 68, said her yard is covered with the rare forms, and that it's something she had never seen before.

Jerry Grega, who lives in Mansfield, Ohio said he had some in his backyard Monday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

Bob Vogel crawled out of bed early Monday to go cross-country skiing in Sharon Township, Ohio. When he stepped outdoors, he was amazed by what greeted him.

“The biggest one was about 15 inches wide. Another was 2 feet long,” he said of the balls known as snow rollers. “They are all different sizes and shapes.”

It’s such a rare phenomenon that when Northeast Ohio weather experts were contacted for more information about snow rollers, they responded with “what are they used for?

"It's so uncommon," said Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist with Accuweather.

Kines said he has seen snow rollers only once, in New England. He said AccuWeather rarely receives reports of sightings of snow rollers.

"I think what I find amazing on this is that they are very rare, uncommon, and yet in this particular case they happenned in a lot of areas – throughout Northeast Ohio and into Western Pennsylvania. A lot of people have observed these. For a phenomenon that is so rare to be so widespread, that's pretty interesting."


Comment by Howard on January 27, 2014 at 1:21am

Another 8 of 10 phenomena?

Lake Michigan Full Of Ice Balls The Size Of Boulders (Jan 9)


It also occurred in Lake Michigan in February 2012.


Comment by Kojima on May 31, 2013 at 8:15am

Ice Jam on the Yukon River Floods Galena, Alaska [Earth Observatory; 28 May 2013]

In May 2013, a stubborn ice jam on the Yukon River sent floodwater spilling over the river’s banks into the small Alaskan town of Galena. An ice jam is an accumulation of broken river ice ensnared by a narrow channel.

A sharp bend in the river about 18 miles (29 kilometers) downstream from Galena triggered the jam by preventing a large sheet of melting winter ice from flowing downstream. The blockage began on May 25, and ice and floodwater stretched more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the choke point by May 28. Galena residents saw waters surge more than 15 feet (5 meters) in the span of one night.

Viewed from above, the flood transformed the landscape. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the top image on May 28, 2013. The lower image shows the condition of the river one year earlier. Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light that make it easier to distinguish between water and land. River water appears navy blue; ice appears teal; and vegetation is bright green. Clouds are pale blue-green and cast shadows.

Ice backups and flooding are common on the Yukon River (particularly near Bishop Rock), though not usually this severe. Ice jams can occur at any time of the year—including the fall and even in the middle of winter, if there is a warm spell—but they are especially common in the spring when warming temperatures cause rivers to shed their ice. In 2009, an ice jam caused severe flooding on the Yukon River in March.

Most of the town’s 400 residents had evacuated by May 28, according to media reports. During the worst of the flooding, the town lost both water and electricity. Most of the structures in the town saw significant flooding; many were swamped by as much as 7 feet (2 meters) of water. There is concern that communities downriver of Galena will also face major flooding when the ice jam breaks up.

Comment by Howard on May 31, 2013 at 4:34am

Ice Jam Flooding Pounds Southwestern Alaska (May 19)

The Kuskokwim River, a freshwater river that flows through central and southwestern Alaska, thawed late this year due to an unusually cold spring followed by warm temperatures.

Major flooding hit the Interior Alaska community of Circle as the Yukon’s water levels rose rapidly and soaked nearly every building in the town.  “The water came up at least 5 to 8 feet very rapidly this morning,” said Jeremy Zidek.

The ice jammed some 12 miles downriver at an area called the Calico Bluffs.

Earlier Sunday, water was up to 6 feet deep in Circle, according to the National Weather Service's River Forecast Center, higher than the 2009 flood that devastated the old village of Eagle. The road to the airport flooded, along with several homes and Circle’s general store.

“Almost all of the structures in the community were impacted by water, with some houses having up to 4 feet of water,” Zidek said.

About 25 structures dot the landscape in Circle, according to Department of Environmental Conservation maps. However, some of those structures could be seasonal or abandoned, so it’s hard to say how many occupied buildings total have been flooded, Zidek said.

“(The water) was probably 2 feet away from the post office, and we’re one of the higher points in town,” postmaster Michel Jentry said. “It got all of downtown pretty much.”

Jentry has lived in Circle for nine years and has never seen flooding like this. Her home flooded with 2 to 3 feet of water, but she was able to evacuate her five sled dogs and two house dogs before the water hit by keeping watch on the slough in front of her house. When chunks of ice showed up in the slough, she made preparations to evacuate, rounded up her dogs, and headed to the post office, where she expects to spend the night.

May 29

Meanwhile, in the town of Akiak, when the ice finally broke the river's current pushed massive chunks of ice about fifty feet up the riverbank sending town residents scrambling for safety.


Comment by Howard on May 29, 2013 at 10:46pm

Yukon River Ice Jam Wreaks Havoc on Alaskan Interior (May 28)

Major flooding continued in the Yukon River village of Galena, where temperatures approached 80 degrees this week, according to National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb.

“There’s a lot of cars that are totally submerged in water and floating around,” Plumb said. “There are houses that are totally submerged in water up to the roof.”

“You can see sheens of fuel across the flood waters and spilled fuel tanks,” Plumb said. Water inundated the sewage lagoon, which “is just part of the flood now,” he said.

There is no power in the village, no working bathrooms and limited food. “All we’ve had is the shirt on our backs,” Plumb said.

The breakup flooding, caused by an ice jam 20 miles downriver, has emptied the village, with Gov. Sean Parnell estimating that 300 people had been evacuated as of Tuesday afternoon.

State officials called on the National Guard to aid in evacuations Tuesday after floodwaters temporarily poured over a dike protecting the village runway. The water was 6 to 12 inches below the dike Wednesday morning, with the airport now resembling an "island" in the sunken town, according to the Weather Service.

"People and animals that remain are now staying on the high point of the dike or along the runway," the Weather Service stated. "It has been reported that there is no fresh water ... cooking or sanitary facilities for those who remain."

The ice jam that created the flooding remained in place Wednesday morning and was expected to break sometime Wednesday or Thursday, according to the Weather Service. The river has pooled into a 40-mile lake behind the jam.

“90 percent of roads in Galena are flooded and there are many buildings that have eight feet of water in them. They’re saying this is worse than the flooding in ’93.”

"The airport is the only dry piece of ground right now. Everything else has been submerged. Every single house in Galena has been submerged or has been damaged."

National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Cox in Fairbanks said the ice jam at Bishop Rock is causing the significant flooding in Galena, with most of the roads and many buildings under water.

Bishop Rock is a bluff where the river takes a sharp, nearly 180-degree turn.  It’s a narrow bend, notorious for creating ice jams.  Ice sheets have a hard time getting around this spot.

The ice jam itself spans nearly 50 kilometres.

"It is like having a glacier advance at you at six miles per hour,” John Madden, director of the Alaska Division of the Homeland Security and Emergency Services. “That’s a lot of momentum and when it hits a structure, the ice will always win.”

Residents have moved their cars to the dike, hoping it will hold against the billions of tons of ice above and below Galena, but water is only a foot from the top of the dike as of Tuesday morning. 

Galena schools superintendent Chris Reitan said about 90 percent of homes in the village have been damaged by the floods.

“Word has it that we have water up to the floor in the school now, and that’s supposed to be the highest point in town,” he said.

Reitan said Galena residents had asked the state for evacuation of the village earlier during the flooding, but most of the flights were conducted by the Fairbanks-based Tanana Chiefs Conference, private faith-based groups such as Samaritan’s Purse and the school district.

“We’re a little disappointed with the state response,” he said. “They have responded now, but from our standpoint it’s a little late.”

Evacuations have been running for the last few days, with the displaced arriving in Fairbanks. Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and private flights have been shuttling people out of the city.

The displaced report traumatic scenes of escaping in rafts battered by ice bergs and floating debris, the air thick with the smell of spilled diesel and raw sewage, according to Susan Paskvan who has been helping coordinate aid in Fairbanks.

She said more than 100 people are being housed in Fairbanks and many are shaken and uncertain about the prospects of returning to the city.

Eric Huntington was one of the evacuees to relocate in Ruby and described the experience via email.

“I can only describe it as a fearful, miserable day,” he said. “With no electricity or running water and a limited supply of water and food, I wouldn't describe it as anything less than a life and death situation because we had almost no time to grab anything from our homes. ...Pray for the evacuees, but pray especially for the ones who decided to stay behind.”

Cox said the flooding should clear when the ice jam breaks, but it’s unclear when that would be.

“It’ll be here until the ice jam releases. The water will go down but it’s hard to say when that ice jam will actually release. We’re thinking within the next 24 hours,” he said.

When that happens, the downriver community of Koyukuk will be at high risk of flooding.

“Once that ice jam releases Koyukuk is under the gun for flooding as well,” he said. “It’ll only take a few hours for the water to get there.“


With just a jacket, a small bag and the clothes on his back, Galena flooding evacuee Shane Edwin stepped off an Era Airlines flight into Fairbanks on Tuesday afternoon. The lifelong Galena resident had trouble finding the words to describe the scope of destruction caused when the Yukon River breached its banks on Monday.

"The whole of it is gone," he said.

"It's scary. A whole bunch of chaos. The roads are all gone. The houses are flipped over," he said. "It's just trashed. I couldn't grab anything, not even my ID. The water came so fast."

As much as half of the Yukon River community, more than 300 people, have been evacuated to Fairbanks or other nearby communities since waters began to rise on Monday.

Edwin and 17 other Galena evacuees were greeted with hugs and sobs from family members as they recounted the horror of seeing their community destroyed by the Yukon River. Many men and women were openly weeping.

The displaced people reported traumatic scenes of escaping in rafts battered by ice bergs and floating debris, the air thick with the smell of spilled diesel and raw sewage.

Eric Huntington was one of the evacuees to relocate in Ruby and described the experience via email.

"I can only describe it as a fearful, miserable day," he wrote. "With no electricity or running water and a limited supply of water and food, I wouldn't describe it as anything less than a life and death situation because we had almost no time to grab anything from our homes. ... Pray for the evacuees, but pray especially for the ones who decided to stay behind."

Susan Paskvan was helping coordinate aid in Fairbanks and finding temporary housing for the evacuees. She said more than 100 people are being housed in Fairbanks and that many are shaken and uncertain about the prospects of returning to Galena.

The Alaska Air National Guard mobilized on Tuesday, landing an HC-130 cargo plane and an HC-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter in Galena, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The Alaska Army National Guard also sent a Blackhawk helicopter.

The HC-130 landed in Galena, despite a momentary breach over the 20-foot-high levee that shields the airport from the flood waters, and was expected into Fairbanks Tuesday night.

Many of the evacuees made it out on private planes or planes chartered by private airlines.

"The local people did what they could," said Kate Thurmond, a resident of Galena for 30 years, tears welling in her eyes as she hugged her dog, Bella. "This was the worst flooding ever."

Many others agreed that it was the worst flooding in memory, with water levels well above the flooding of 1993 and 1971.

As of Tuesday afternoon, much of Galena remained under water with a downriver ice jam still firmly in place.

Gov. Sean Parnell and Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, were reported to be surveying the damage on Tuesday afternoon.

"We expect the flooding to become worse before the waters start to recede," Parnell stated in a news release. "Ensuring the safety of those impacted by the flooding remains my top priority."

Both Circle and Eagle were hit by high waters and thick river ice when the Yukon River began its breakup a week and a half ago. Much of the Yukon River downriver from Galena is under weather service flood watch advisories.

Even though many of the evacuees are faced with the reality that most of their possessions are under many feet of water in Galena, their thoughts were almost entirely still on the people they left behind.

"I'm just worried about the people that are still stuck there," Edwin said.

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Comment by Howard on May 29, 2013 at 2:21am

Ice jam flooding from the rapid thaw in Fort McPherson, N.W.T. has uprooted cabins, setting them adrift on the Peel River and even changed the direction of flow in Mosquito Creek.

The community’s chief, William Koe, said it’s some of the worst flooding they have seen in a long time.

Some of the elders who were out trapping had to be brought back to the community for their safety.

“Most of the cabins up there were in the water. Not sure how half of them made out, but I went around there around six o’ clock and the water went all the way back down. And there's a couple cabins floating down the river,” said Koe.

Koe said he’s not sure if the cabins have been recovered.

The flooding occurred in the 8-mile area south of the community.

Koe said the water dropped three or four feet Monday. He expects the community is in the clear now, but he’s keeping in touch with people at four camps in the Mackenzie Delta area, which could be at risk of more flooding if the ice jams up again.

A filmed by David Cook on May 26, was taken at Mosquito Creek near Fort McPherson.

Cook said the water seems to be flowing in the wrong direction due to the heavy spring thaw.


Comment by Kojima on May 19, 2013 at 4:37pm

Ice Shove Hits Homes on Dauphin Lake in Manitoba [Earth Observatory; 13 May 2013]

Strong winds sent a wall of ice crashing into cottages along the southwestern shore of Manitoba’s Dauphin Lake on May 10, 2013. A total of 27 houses near Ochre Beach were damaged, 13 beyond repair. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of the ice-covered lake on May 13.

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