Snow Flake Pattern

Pattern in Snow

Mystery Question: How was this pattern in the snow created?

Outdoors: 25°F/14°F 2″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/62°F

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8 Responses to Snow Flake Pattern

  1. Pam R says:

    Well, when I first saw the photo, I thought, Oh, they had an owl land in the snow too! as it really resembles a photo we took of an owl landing on a rabbit and the tracks the wings made in the snow. But I was thrown a bit by the strand of grass, so now I’m not so sure…. Wind and grass maybe?

  2. Farmerbob1 says:

    This is really curious. It looks like the markings in the snow are centered around the vegetation that was sticking out of the center. The vegetation itself seems to have been yanked around a bit, creating a hole in the snow as it was moved around.

    The snow appears to have been surface melted and refrozen, so the markings are made with a little weight.

    I’m going to guess that one of this years winter litter found the plant sticking up out of the snow and was going to eat it, but decided to play with it instead.

    The inner round-ish holes might have been where front feet were planted, and the arc-shaped scrapes farther away might be where the back feet scrabbled as the pig tried to get enough traction to pull the plant out of the ground.

  3. We would often see this pattern on the dunes on Cape Cod where I grew up. There, it was created by a lone tuft of beach grass. It was the only interruption in an otherwise flat and monotone blanket.

  4. Larry says:

    I’ll guess a mouse going round and round with a tough blade of grass.

    • Farmerbob1 says:

      That’s a good point, Larry. There’s no real scale here. It looked to me like the plant fiber was something large and heavy, perhaps a long strip of corn leaf. But it could be something much smaller.

      Walter, what’s the scale here? If the pattern’s still out there, can you throw a ruler or a bit of tape measure into a second picture?

      • Hmm… Doing it by memory it’s about 12″ across for the total wide of the picture. Maybe 8″. It is a blade of grass hay.

        • Farmerbob1 says:

          Not a pig then, I don’t think, unless it was a very tiny one, barely out of barrow. That scale would be possible for a fairly large rat, I suppose.

          I’d guess though, that what Mr. Connors says above is more likely. Wind might have whipped the grass back and forth across the hole, dimpling the surface of the snow when it was powder. When the surface snow melted and refroze, the dimples would be preserved.

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