Photographer from Massachusetts notices strange formations in the ocean, look what he found
Have you ever experienced being at the right place at the right time? Be it on a vacation or a busy street, a forest or near mountains. Being lucky enough to catch a spectacular moment can be truly amazing as this photographer from New England found out.
Jonathan Nimeroh was lucky enough to spot weird looking but beautiful formations of Slurpee waves unlike he had ever seen before and here is the image he captured on camera. If you’re wondering what they are then read on.
1 They are known as Slurpee waves
The unique wave formation has earned the nickname ‘’Slurpee waves” as they resemble slush and sludge, or thickened ice drinks that you have had several times in a cafe.
2 Formed by extra cold winters
Slurpee waves are formed by the coldest winters on record. Extremely low temperatures result in such wave formations and consistency. It was during the winter of 2015 when Jonathan spotted the ice breakers slowly rolled to shore on Nantucket, Massachusetts.
It was the coldest winter on record when arctic blasts swept across the US lowering temperatures 10 degrees below average.
3 Fishermen have seen this for the first time
Fishermen in New England had never experienced such waves before. It was strange to see salt water freezing over like that. When Jonathan returned the next day he found the waves had frozen over just 300 yards away from the shore. It made a spectacular but curious sight.
Nantucket is among the coldest cities in the world with subzero temperatures in winter.
4 Due to ice formation on the ocean surface
As the ocean waters nearer to land are cooled rapidly, it leads to ice formation and ice particles causing the water to form a kind of slush now known as slurpee waves as it still isn’t cold enough to solidify due to the warmer water beneath. The nearer they approach the land the colder the wave till it freezes over.
5 One of the worst winters in 2015
The US faced one of its worst winters in 2015 when thundersnow, arctic winds and the winter storm Remus battered the country from Texas to the mid Atlantic states causing blackouts and cities buried in thick blanket of snow.