#1 By: pesco, January 13th, 2014 12:33
#2 By: kpkpkp, January 13th, 2014 12:41
#3 By: xzzy, January 13th, 2014 12:45
7 minutes of video and they couldn't rotate their phone 90 degrees?
We're fast reaching the point where youtube is going to need to detect vertically oriented videos and adjust the player dimensions to accommodate.
#4 By: Spence, January 13th, 2014 12:55
Fast approaching? I think its about 4 years overdue.
#5 By: Gregg Grose, January 13th, 2014 13:03
The ice video is from last year. Mille Lacs is a very large lake with its own micro-climate. I'm from MN and I know these things.
#6 By: kpkpkp, January 13th, 2014 13:04
So how often does this ice push / ice surge occur, because if it's frequent enough, whoever developed that land has some 'splainin' to do.
#7 By: Gregg Grose, January 13th, 2014 13:09
Not very often at all. Ice accumulates along the shoreline and wind-driven waves can start on the open water, causing shore ice to move inward. However, the lake usually freeze completely so open water waves with weak shore ice is rare.
I live on Lake Superior where this is more common and there are usually not developments near shore.
#8 By: mrmcd, January 13th, 2014 13:28
So basically this just confirms my perception that Minnesota winters are what hell is actually like.
You can't even hide from winter inside your warm house heated by modern technology. The ice and snow will literally crawl out of the lake to smash your windows and park itself inside your living room.
#9 By: Sean Lally, January 13th, 2014 13:49
Amazing how surprised she sounded that it made it through a door. I think I would have been inside moving stuff out of the way and otherwise preparing for the inevitable.
#10 By: Ramone, January 13th, 2014 14:31
Not nearly that dramatic. As Gregg said, the video depicts something exceedingly rare. We don't all live on lakes!
#11 By: digitalArtform, January 13th, 2014 14:50
#12 By: Donovan Acree, January 13th, 2014 15:19
I think that may be a bad place to build a house.
Protip: if you find an excellent deal on property near water, be very suspicious.
#13 By: Cowicide, January 13th, 2014 16:50
The gauntlet was thrown at 00:28 and the ice responded in kind.
#14 By: dloburns, January 13th, 2014 17:16
Even Facebook knows when a video is vertical, mostly because it looks like their stock report.
#15 By: Acer Platanoides , January 13th, 2014 19:46
Hope the Fortress of Solitude is up to those MN building codes.
#16 By: fencepost, January 13th, 2014 19:54
Out of curiosity, what is that boingboing is doing to redirect embeds of youtube videos such that they don't even have a link to youtube? It's really kind of annoying.
#17 By: Ken, January 13th, 2014 20:30
Man, who would live in a place prone to natural threats like this?
#18 By: Ken, January 13th, 2014 20:35
It looks like the ice is rapidly spawning long ice crystals at the leading edge as it creeps forward... I'm a bit baffled by how that would happen.
#19 By: Stephen Cowell, January 13th, 2014 22:37
Yes, BB is going down the dark road... I think it's the Embedify script thing. Anyway, you can view source and dig out the YT link... here it is:
#20 By: Gregg Grose, January 13th, 2014 22:43
Those spawning crystals are just chunks of ice rolling over the top of each other. For a similar effect, maybe try pushing a mound of loose Legos around and see what colors pop-up.
Here's a video of this same phenomena on Lake Superior - wind blown waves washing up thin shore ice. It's stunningly beautiful and makes a lovely sound. Some years, it can build up to be almost five to ten feet thick in some areas. Superior has a steep, rocky shore so it builds up. Mille Lacs (pronounced Muh-Lac if you're from northern MN) has a shallow, sandy shore so there is potential for "attack".
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