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Snow rollers appearance is rare

Earth News: New Mexico, USA
Photo: Rare snow roller created by wind when conditions are just right. Courtesy photo: Beth Parmer

Jan 23, 2007
On Sunday morning, they were all over several sections of Tucumcari. Women likened them to jellyrolls, or rolls of batting. Men described them as looking like logs or cylinders. “They look like a roll of insulation,” except they are snow, said Charlie Liles, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. They are one of nature’s phenomenons: “snow rollers.” Snow rollers are nature’s way of creating snowballs. “I think they are rare,” said Liles, who couldn’t recall such an incident.

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