This winter has been bananas. We've somehow made it through the snowiest November in Quad City history, the snowiest January ever and an all-time record low (-33 ° )! We've endured frost quakes. Yesterday gave us our first ice storm since December of 2007 complete with THUNDER SLEET! This winter has been particularly rough but it could always be worse. Here's a short list of winter weather phenomenons we haven't had to deal with...yet:
- Ice Volcanoes. These happen in the Great Lakes region when hollow cones of ice develop on a shoreline and waves crash against them. Strong winds just barely above freezing temps (like today's) can lead to these. Are they likely to happen along the Mississippi? No. Would you be shocked if they did? Not if you've been paying attention to this wicked winter weather.
- Snownado. Imagine a tornado made out of snow. They're real and they're also extremely rare. So expect to hear snownado watches and warnings in the not too distant future. My guess is sometime next week.
- Yeti Attack. I'd say the Quad Cities under siege from a flurry of angry Yeti is the least likely winter hazard but until we're officially enjoying the Spring of 2019, I'm not willing to rule anything out. I'm selfishly rooting for this one because if it happens, I'll be able to fill out my Winter Bingo card.