New phenomena and other randoms…

New Phenomena in our area :



Several WPXI-TV Facebook fans have sent us pictures of “snow rollers” that have appeared throughout the area on Monday.

According to Severe Weather Team 11 meteorologist Scott Harbaugh, snow rollers are a rare phenomenon in this part of the country when the wind rolls its own snowballs, much the same way we would roll snowballs to build a snowman.

“They are typically cylindrical in shape and often have a hollow center,” Harbaugh said. “They form under specific conditions when the temperature is near freezing and the snow is wet and loose.”

Harbaugh (@WPXIScott) said wind has to be a perfect speed so it can move the snow rollers along, but not destroy them.

“They are common in areas with a slight slope because gravity can help roll the snow into rollers,” Harbaugh said.”

(The article and more photos can be found HERE.)

Too cute not to share…this is from a FB post…my niece took some photos of her kitties playing with the lizard and here is one of them :


It was -5 on Tuesday morning but with little wind so it did not seem too bad. It’s the wind that gets you.

Lots of activity at the feeders and on the ground :

Birds collage end Jan

I had some family over for soup on Sunday afternoon. It was ham, bean and vegetable soup with some macaroni noodles as well. Chalk full of healthy vegetables . Later on I wanted to get some pictures of the kids before they left. One boy would not get in the picture, one twin flopped down and hid her face and the others acted goofy.  I take their pictures no matter what they do! :)


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32 Responses to New phenomena and other randoms…

  1. JoAnne says:

    Thank you for your nice comment on my kitchen shelves, Deb! My hubby is from Pittsburgh so I’ll have to show him the pic of the snow rollers. Love the picture of the kids ~ are you sure you didn’t slip a little sugar into that soup? : )

  2. Joyce says:

    I’ve never heard of snow rollers. They are beautiful! What a study in contrasts – the kitty and the lizard!
    Those “four little monkeys jumping on the couch” are as cute as they can be! Love those matching outfits – seems like that might be the work of Oma….?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Nope…Tallica got them for the girls in Walmart…I think the girls picked out what they liked best with a little guidance : )

  3. Jane says:

    All the new facts we are learning with this crazy winter! Snow rollers, polar vortex, Chiberia! -8 here and everything closed down again.

    Repeat after me: I will get out. I will get out…


    • debralynnpugh says:

      I just looked at my Farmers Almanac and boy was it right on about the bitterly cold winter. Unfortunately it says our summer will be abnormally hot, humid and oppressive.

  4. Never have I seen snow rollers, so thank you for the education. In a broad sense, it kind of reminds me of tumbleweeds from Kansas. Love the photo of the kids.

  5. Carol Cook says:

    What fun random photos.

    Love the kids amped up on veggies and really love those snow donuts.

  6. Sammy says:

    Well, I never… : – )

  7. Nana Diana says:

    We call those snow DONUTS here!;>) Aren’t they great? Love those kiddos-no matter what they are doing as long as it is fun.

    How funny about the cat and the lizard. That is a play date you don’t see everyday- xo Diana

  8. I’ve never seen anything like those snow rollers! That’s so cool! Love the pic of the kids! Cuties!

  9. Debby Ray says:

    Deb, you will never believe this…. I just turned on the local evening news and they were featuring a story about….guess what….SNOW ROLLERS…just as I was reading your post!! Isn’t that amazing? Interesting stuff :)

  10. Nana Diana says:

    Hey- Deb- You are still a No Reply blogger. You do know that, right? If I emailed you this before don’t mind me- I’m blond! Thanks for the comment about my friend Jettie. xo Diana

  11. Grandma Kc says:

    I know those birds and squirrels really appreciate you keeping them well fed — especially with the snow hiding everything. I had never seen or heard of snow rollers???? Wow! Amazing that cat and lizard get along! Twiggy loves playing with lizards — little ones! THAT would freak her out!

  12. Isn’t it wonderful when the sun shines during the winter months? Lovely photos suggesting warmth.

  13. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    Had never heard of snow rollers until a few days ago, on AOL and now here! They are pretty amazing in the way they are formed, aren’t they? Love your bird shots in your current post and it seems that the vitamins in all those veggies are doing their job – energy! Now, you go get yourself a bowl; you’re gonna need your own energy to keep up!


  14. sue says:

    These photos are stunning!

  15. Hootin' Anni says:

    LOVE the happy fun lovin’ kid photo!!! Sweet.
    The soup sounds delicious.
    The feeder filled with the pretty birds is such a delight [I’m a birder fanatic].

    …and lastly, these snow rollers are new to me, kinda like crop circles…and kinda eerie. Yet, neat.

  16. Snap says:

    Your snowrollers made the news here…fascinating! Cute kitty and lizard. I’ve been giving the birds extra because of the cold. And it is definitely soup time! Loved the photo of the kids. Too funny! (Are you sure there wasn’t a little something extra in the soup?!!!)

  17. Vic303 says:

    Snow? What’s that? ;)

    Never seen a snow roller, but they sure do look fascinating.

    I think it was the bean gas making the young’uns look that way!

  18. Karen says:

    Oh, the snow roller is neat! Cute little Carolina wren on the feeder.

  19. lisa says:

    That snow roller is am.a.zing! I’ve never seen that and have lived in the Midwest all my life! Soups always sounds good, especially when it’s cold and snowy outside. And the kiddos are adorable…with or without veggies!

  20. Cheryl @ TFD says:

    The photo of a snow roller is neat! This is the first time I’ve heard of them. I’m learning lots of new things today from R5F!

  21. Beth says:

    wow, love that cat & lizard shot. so cute. glad they can be friend. ( :

    that is a neat snow wheel … awesome!!

  22. Oh my gosh I’ve never heard of a “Snow-Roller” before but it sure is cool. Reminds me of a Giant Powered Sugar Donut.
    Love that shot of the kitty/lizard.
    Oh those darling little kids are just so cute.
    Enjoying your blog and now following it too.

  23. lisa murano says:

    The snow rollers have been so cool, haven’t they? You must not be too far from me. I’m in a little town called Boyers at the top of Butler county.

    Hope your enjoying this ‘heat wave’ as much as I am today! lol


  24. Sarah says:

    Very interesting about the snow rollers. Maybe we will have something like that here.

  25. Rose says:

    What great memories those pictures will be! So fun!

    We had snow rollers once here a few years ago…had never seen or heard of them before. Not seen any since.

  26. I’ve never heard of those snow rollers! That’s a new one. :)

  27. Eileen says:

    I have heard of the snow rollers, they have been on the news lately. The children look extremely happy! Love the cute birds! Have a happy week!

  28. Kathy says:

    What an awesome phenomenon! Cool photos! So delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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