Fleeting Wonders: Sheets of Ice Melting in the Most Dramatic Ways - Atlas Obscura
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Fleeting Wonders: Sheets of Ice Melting in the Most Dramatic Ways

Last week, central Oklahoma was hit by an ice storm that caused Governor Mary Fallin to declare a state of emergency as trees were wrenched to the ground and over 100,000 homes lost power. Cars, plants, street signs, and anything else sitting outside became encased in ice.

When this ice began to melt, some residents saw some pretty strange spectacles. Twitter user @barbiereif, captured a photo of a coat of ice sloughing off a speed limit sign that had been totally covered. As the intact layer of frozen water began to slide off, it revealed a carbon copy of the street sign, numbers and all.

The frosty weather also caused unusual sights in Topeka, Kansas, where whole sheets of melting ice slid off of a gas station awning one by one, crashing down on vehicles like huge panes of glass. Fortunately, no one was hurt. 

Every day, we track down a fleeting wonder—something amazing that’s only happening right now. Have a tip for us? Tell us about it! Send your temporary miracles to cara@atlasobscura.com.