VIDEO: Ice Balls Form Along Frozen Lake Michigan Shoreline

WWJ News
January 21, 2020 - 12:15 pm
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PORT SHELDOWN TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - Ice balls have once again formed along Lake Michigan in Port Sheldon Township, between Holland and Grand Haven.

Township Supervisor Howard Baumann says some ice balls are large and some are small.

"It's all with the temperature and the wind direction. We get a lot of north, northwesterly winds along Lake Michigan here and they start forming a little ice along the shoreline and then a piece of that breaks off and then it starts forming a ball," Baumann told WWJ's Beth Fisher. "Similar to if you were trying to pack snow."

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Baumann says they are hoping for some ice formation along the lakeshore to help prevent erosion. A couple of homes went into the lake last year and more are at risk.

"Some ice cover would be good. It would slow down that erosion," he said.