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Frazil Ice

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:33 pm

Yosemite NPS:
Frazil ice was seen this morning in Yosemite Creek! Frazil ice forms when mist (for example, from a waterfall) freezes, then floats down the creek. This unique phenomenon can occur in fall, winter, or spring, as long as there is relatively high flow over waterfalls and Yosemite Valley has overnight lows below freezing. Since this phenomenon is entirely weather-dependent, it's difficult to predict in advance.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V9p4mFEYXc

Have you witnessed this phenomenon in the Sierra before?
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Re: Frazil Ice

Postby balance » Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:05 pm

Greetings Maverick

Yeah, no big deal. I've seen Frazil Ice many times actually, floating on top of my Margarita. But the video was worth watching because of that pretty ranger Victoria. I wonder if I got lost in Yosemite if she would show up to rescue me? ;)

Okay, seriously now: That video about Frazil Ice was great! I'm a big fan of any nature documentary, especially about Yosemite. The Frazil Ice video is part of a series of mini-documentaries called Yosemite Nature Notes, on the Yosemite website or YouTube in HD. Thanks very much Maverick, for letting us know about the Yosemite Nature Note videos. I never saw these before, and I'm going to watch them now.

Still, I wonder if I got lost in Yosemite...
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Re: Frazil Ice

Postby gary c. » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:00 pm

I've watched a few videos like this one but never in person. I hope that I can see it in person some day.
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Re: Frazil Ice

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:25 am

Yeah, no big deal. I've seen Frazil Ice many times actually, floating on top of my Margarita. But the video was worth watching because of that pretty ranger Victoria. I wonder if I got lost in Yosemite if she would show up to rescue me?


I can see it now, you dangling off some route like Snake Dyke, several hundred feet from the Valley floor, and Ranger Victoria comes to you rescue, rappelling several hundred feet from the top holding two Margaritas, more precisely Yosemite Frazil's, and then suddenly you wake up. :lol:
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