Polar vortex creates bizarre ghost apples

The winter of 2019 brought a polar vortex in many parts of the USA. In an apple orchard in Michigan, the apple trees were hit hard by the extremely cold temperatures. Farm manager Andrew Sietsema decided to repair the damage when he found something unexpectedly beautiful.

The icy sculpture of nature

Sietsema found a phenomenon he called ghost apples. Of course, they were created and resembled a glassblowing studio, the result of an ice storm that covered the fruit. As the temperatures began to warm quickly after the storm, the acid in the apples thawed them faster than the ice.


Sietsma shook the trees as he was circumcised, and the movement dropped some of the fruit off the tree. In other cases, only the porridge fell to the ground. The crystalline form of an apple remained on the branch.

Beautiful photos

Sietsma's photos of icy apple peels took the Internet by storm. Jokes, astonishment and cultural references filled the comment threads in social media posts.

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Many can not take their eyes off the pictures. Experts say that this can happen only in very specific circumstances and does not happen frequently. The public should feel free to see her while she can.

Abundant Spirit Apples In Michigan

The orchard where Sietsema worked was not the only one with ghost apples. Many orchards in the region, where apples were not harvested, experienced this. Other unharvested fruits did not necessarily give the same results. Apples are unique in terms of their thawing temperature. Unlike other fruits, it has to be extremely cold Apple as firm as the ice around him.

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swaying temperatures could be the cause. In Michigan, the icy, Arctic weather was often followed by warmer temperatures. The fast change was ideal for the thawing process to create clear shapes.


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