We rarely have snow rollers in Ohio, but conditions were perfect for them up at Urbana!
They are everywhere on our campus
Wind drives wet snow across previously fallen, icy snow until it makes a little ball
As that ball is pushed by the wind, it is shaped into a roll!
Here you see a range from little lumps to big rollers
When the wind can't move it anymore, the roller stops
They are mostly hollow
Generally a bit longer than they are thick
And they leave trails as they roll!
Ours range in size from little 2-3 inch rollers to big ones over a foot in diameter
This roller is OBVIOUSLY tired of traveling
The rollers formed on many of our open fields!
Our softball field...
Looks like a roller coral, now!
Here you can see how they are formed
Often with obvious layering
And generally with a kind of fluting on the outside
We had some big ones out on our soccer field!
That is the windiest part of campus, for sure
But the little rollers are just as cute :-)