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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:59 PM

Icy rain creates 'ghost apples' in Kent County

By: 24 Hour News 8 web staff

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) The freezing rain created an unusual phenomenon in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County: "ghost apples."

Andrew Sietsema sent in photos of the hollow ice apples to ReportIt late Wednesday night. He said he came across the interesting formations while pruning apple trees earlier that day.

Sietsema said the freezing rain coated rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them. When he pruned the trees, they would shake, causing many of the frozen apples to fall off, ice and all. However with a few of them, the mush slipped out of the bottom of the ice casing, leading to a "ghost apple."

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https://www.woodtv.com/news/kent-county/icy-rain-creates-ghost-apples-in-kent-county/1762758353

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Reply Icy rain creates 'ghost apples' in Kent County (Original post)
catbyte Feb 8 OP
3catwoman3 Feb 8 #1
N_E_1 for Tennis Feb 8 #2
magicarpet Feb 8 #3
littlemissmartypants Feb 8 #4
Flaleftist Feb 8 #5
dem in texas Feb 8 #6
FakeNoose Feb 8 #7
KayF Feb 8 #8
SergeStorms Feb 9 #15
Wounded Bear Feb 8 #9
denbot Feb 8 #10
BigmanPigman Feb 8 #11
True Blue American Feb 9 #12
marigold20 Feb 9 #13
SergeStorms Feb 9 #14

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:12 PM

1. That is one of the most interesting things...

...I've ever seen.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:24 PM

2. Ahhh...

For the ever popular, low calorie, low fat, gluten free Ghost Apple Pie.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:08 PM

3. Fructose free apples...

An apple a day,.. keeps the icebox at bay...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:22 PM

4. Interesting. nt

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:35 PM

5. cool

I wondered how that is possible. The last part of the article answered my question.


Sietsema the temperature provided the perfect recipe: it was cold enough for the ice to remain, but warm enough for the apples to turn to complete mush, since apples have a lower freezing point than water.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 04:20 PM

6. Amazing!

Thanks for posting the pics of ghost apples. I save' off the pics, will look at them in July when it's 100+ degrees.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:55 PM

7. Wow, so cool!

Sounds like these were created under unique circumstances though. I've never seen anything like this, and I've seen a lot of apple trees.



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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:02 PM

8. the apples got Raptured

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Response to KayF (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 09:19 AM

15. OH NOES!

And now the evanHELLical xtians are hopping mad because Dog favors apples over them! They were supposed to be the first to go, not some damned fruit that caused the entire problem in the Garden of Eden in the first place!

There's going to have to be some serious praying over this anomaly.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:21 PM

9. Ain't nature grand?

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 09:01 PM

10. Yet another thing you don't see, or even conceive of, growing up in So Cal.

The wife and I are bouncing between. WI and the Chicago area and still marvel at the ice coated trees.

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Response to denbot (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 10:53 PM

11. Growing up in the Phila area

was strange since the temp was always right between snow and rain all the time. It sucked being a kid who wanted to hear that school was closed in the morning when you listening for your school closing number on the radio. The best thing was waking up, pulling the shade up and seeing a sparkly shine covering everything...tree branches were like sparkly lace in the early morning sunlight.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:26 AM

12. My Cherry tree and surroundings looked like a Winter Wonderland.

With the fog and ice everything was white.6 degrees. Next day it was almost 60, then back down again.

Yesterday morning my car locks were frozen on one side. One hour at the Y, car was ice.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 07:51 AM

13. Very cool!

Thanks for posting.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 09:07 AM

14. Nature does it again.

Mother Nature comes up with the most extraordinary creations! The minds of humans can't hold a candle to our Earth Mother.

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