Pancake Ice forming on Lake Michigan

West Michigan –The bitterly cold temperatures have led to the strange ice formations on Lake Michigan called “Pancake Ice.”

The reason the pancakes are so circular is because they turn and swirl in the water, picking up frazzle on all sides. Often, they will have a raised rim around the edge like a crust on a pizza because the pancakes often bump into each other in the water.

Pancake ice ranges widely in size. They can be as small as a foot in diameter or as large as 10 feet wide.

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