Ice Tsunami – Say What?

Mother Nature sure has some interesting tricks up her sleeve. Wind, rain, snow, sleet, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts, dust storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and much more. But have you ever heard of an ice tsunami? Okay, that’s not the real name of the weather phenomenon, it’s actually an ice shove, but ice tsunami is how many described just such an event that occurred earlier this week in Minnesota, and neighboring Canada.

Powerful wind gusts drove giant sheets of ice on Lake Mille Lacs, located about 100 miles north of Minneapolis-St.Paul, across the surface and onto shore. The sheets of ice surged toward homes along the shoreline. The scene was surreal, seemingly a Hollywood special effect, but it was all very real indeed. The ice moved surprisingly quickly, sounding both like breaking glass and an approaching train as it creeped ever forward. Several homes were damaged or destroyed. Click here to check out this news report from CNN to really appreciate this weather phenomenon.