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Paging Q*bert: Frigid night leaves cubic frost pattern on windshield

Paging Q*bert: Frigid night leaves cubic frost pattern on windshield
Photo: Hal Thomson, Birch Bay, Wash. on Nov. 22, 2013.
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I'm sure it was a tough choice for Hal Thomson on what to do this morning: Scrape his car's windshield, or leave it as a testament to the natural beauty that Mother Nature can whip up.

Thomson found this rather strange looking sight when he went to his car in Birch Bay Friday morning after temperatures had dropped into the mid 20s during the night.

The intricate patterns are caused as the water freezes onto the glass -- changes in temperature and wind can affect the progression of the water freezing into ice. The glass surface can also come into play if it's not either perfectly clean or has miniscule imperfections on the surface.

Add it all up, and you get a somewhat random freezing pattern that can turn oh, so gorgeous. Here is more information on how the patterns can form.

Here is another close up version of his windshield:



Anyone else get any frozen art on their windshields?

P.S. For those who need the trip down memory lane:

P.P.S. This just in: John Smith with Oakstone Winery emailed me this interesting photo of an ice "spike" that was discovered outside his winery Friday morning.

"We have a small winery, and were storing plastic half-ton bins on their sides," Smith wrote. "They have a square depression on the side, about half an inch deep, and are stored on a diagonally sloping surface. The resulting triangular puddle of water, after a rain and a freeze, made this perfect cup. I wanted to fill it with red wine, but was afraid that might melt it."


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