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Chambers County, along with much of the country, has been dealing with frigid temperatures over the past few days due to an Arctic blast that started early Monday morning. The early morning hours on Tuesday saw temperatures in single digits with the wind chill reaching below zero. One interesting natural phenomenon that occurred as a result is a formation known as needle ice (pictured). Needle ice occurs when the temperature of the soil is above freezing (32 °F) and the surface temperature of the air is below freezing. The underground liquid is brought to the surface via capillary action, where it freezes and contributes to a growing needle-like ice column. Needle ice can be a few centimeters long or even more than ten centimeters. As the needle ice is lifted up from the soil, it usually has mud, dirt or other debris at its tip.
Chambers County, along with much of the country, has been dealing with frigid temperatures over the past few days due to an Arctic blast that started early Monday morning. The early morning hours on Tuesday saw temperatures in single digits with the wind chill reaching below zero. One interesting natural phenomenon that occurred as a result is a formation known as needle ice (pictured). Needle ice occurs when the temperature of the soil is above freezing (32 °F) and the surface temperature of the air is below freezing. The underground liquid is brought to the surface via capillary action, where it freezes and contributes to a growing needle-like ice column. Needle ice can be a few centimeters long or even more than ten centimeters. As the needle ice is lifted up from the soil, it usually has mud, dirt or other debris at its tip.

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