Video Of The Week - Giant Snowballs Delight Locals In Siberia

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Giant snowballs (Photo Credit: Sergei Bychenkov)

Imagine going to the beach and finding thousands of perfectly shaped snowballs scattered around. That is exactly what the lucky residents of Nyda in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula have encountered since late October.

The snowballs that cover an 11-mile stretch of the beach range from the size of a tennis ball to almost 3ft across, or about as big as a basketball. According to the village administrator, the balls were created after water from the Gulf of Orb rose up onto the land and covered the sandy beach. The area’s freezing temperatures caused it to partially turn to ice.

Melting spheres form a ‘snowball wall’ (Photo Credit: Alexei Primak)

As the rest of the water retreated, the ice chunks rolled over in the moist sand and with a little help from the wind and temperature, created a beautiful winter wonderland of snowballs. The residents of Glen Harbor in Michigan experienced a similar phenomenon in 2014, except in their case, the snowballs were as big as boulders!

Resources: bbc.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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483 Comments
  • angelfluff
    angelfluffSaturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm
    Therefore huge snowballs
    • catsWednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm
      wow
      • Cute puppySunday, June 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm
        Soooo big
        • rip xxxFriday, May 31, 2019 at 6:47 am
          tbh the only reason I saw this is because of 6th-grade finals soo lol. and think about it how did they even like form. but anyways lol imagine pleting one of those at someone.
          • xxxMonday, May 6, 2019 at 6:15 am
            snowball fights bro
            • akhalid
              akhalidMonday, April 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm
              Do not want to get hit with that thing
              • baller81
                baller81Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm
                so cool
                • jFriday, December 7, 2018 at 9:15 am
                  ya that would be fun
                  • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm
                    it must be fun to have a snow ball fight with those
                    • nbayounggirlThursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm
                      lit