Ice In Oklahoma

January 20, 2014


Photo from Oklahoma Mesonet: Oklahoma Mesonet Ticker Website
Summary Authors: Gary McManus; Jim Foster

A winter storm in late 2013 left much of Oklahoma encased in ice and snow. Tens of thousands of people lost power as ice brought down trees and power poles. It appears that approximately an inch (2.5 cm) of ice is coating this hapless tree. The icy fangs are an indication that melt is underway. Typically, a quarter-inch (0.65 cm) of ice is all that’s needed for tree branches to begin to snap. If winds were stronger during this storm damage would have been much more significant -- the additional force of winds on already overloaded structures would have been disastrous. The above photo was snapped near Dibble, Oklahoma on December 22, 2013.

Photo Details: Camera: Apple iPhone 5; Focal Length: 4.1mm; Aperture: f/2.4; Exposure Time: 0.0037 s (1/272); ISO equiv: 50; Software: QuickTime 7.6.6.