New Castle News

Local News

January 29, 2014

Wind, snow create rare ‘snow roller’ display

NEW CASTLE — What’s shaped like a donut, made of snow and could appear on your lawn out of nowhere?

A snow roller, says the National Weather Service.

The recent frigid winds and snow have combined to create a meteorological phenomenon known as “snow rollers,” according to the weather service, and Lawrence County residents are beginning to notice them.

Sarah Davis of Old Route 422, Portersville, said that when she first noticed the odd formations, she thought her grandchildren had rolled snowballs for snowmen but not finished them. Then she heard about the snow rollers and realized her son’s yard next door was full of them.

At the North Beaver Township Municipal Building on Route 108, the formations can be seen from the road. Large and small, they have formed all around the building, near the township’s cannon and in the playground area, as well as along the front drive.

Some have even formed on people’s roofs.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania the Associated Press reported Venango County residents woke Monday to find hundreds of the natural sculptures in their yards, gardens and fields.

JoAnn Heckathorn told The Derrick of Oil City that “beautiful columns” the size of jumbo rolls of paper towels were everywhere in her yard.

According to the National Weather Service, a snow roller is rare and created when chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind.

The shapes are often hollow, and the conditions need to be precisely right for them to form, according to the weather service. For example, wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not so strong they’re blown too fast.

Weather service records from various states note the snow rollers can be as small as a golf ball or as large as a 30-gallon drum, but typically average 10 to 12 inches in diameter.

Some residents said the shapes resembled bowling balls, while Charles Keith of Franklin described “500 Tootsie Roll-like” forms in an empty field nearby.

Nancy Graham, 68, said her yard is covered with the rare forms, and that it’s something she had never seen before.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • FallenWarriorRide.jpg Fallen Warrior Ride to preface soldier tribute

    Area motorcyclists will be heading out once again this month to pay tribute to the nation’s soldiers and veterans. The second annual Fallen Warrior Ride is scheduled to leave Cascade Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 for a one-hour, circuitous route to Laurel High School. Once there, riders — led by the Patriot Honor Guard of Western Pennsylvania — will parade into the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, where they’ll join a Salute to the American Soldiers: For God and Country, a crusade by Vision Ministries of Lawrence County.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • LOVEkitchen.jpg Love Kitchen: Little Caesars provides special delivery for Rescue Mission

    The Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into the City Rescue Mission for a special delivery Wednesday. A pizza kitchen on wheels, the big rig travels across the United States and Canada to meet the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • fairphoto.jpg County fair looks for a few good bakers

    The countdown to the 2014 Lawrence County Fair has begun. In less than two weeks, the fairgrounds will be brimming with animals, vegetables, fruit, flowers, music, food and fun. This year’s fair runs from Aug. 11 to 16.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • CarolineOrrico.jpg Local teen off to state DYW event

    Lawrence County’s 2015 Distinguished Young Woman is heading back into scholarship competition.

     

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • NicholsonOffice.jpg County to buy new office for Nicholson

    Before the end of the year, the Lawrence County commissioners plan to move District Judge Jennifer Nicholson into new offices.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • PortersvilleSS.jpg Portersville Steam Show summer event arrives

    The Portersville Steam Show will stage its summer event Thursday through Sunday at its show grounds.

     

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Veteran.jpg Veterans seminar to view technology

    A veterans benefits seminar has been set for Friday. The program will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the commissioners room of the Lawrence County courthouse.

     
     

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Part-time guard position created

    The Lawrence County Salary Board created a part-time temporary court guard position Tuesday.

     

    July 30, 2014

  • JaredGustafson.jpg Mohawk senior Jared Gustafson elected nation FCCLA officer

    A Mohawk High student was elected to national office at a leadership conference in Texas. Senior Jared Gustafson now is the 2014-2015 national vice president of parliamentary law for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • PipeDreams.jpg Concert to feature sounds of ’60s

    This week’s Friday Night Live at Riverwalk Amphitheater will feature a 1960s theme. Entertainment will be provided by Pipe Dreams. The group performs a tribute to the British Invasion and American rock ’n roll with music from The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Monkees and hits from Motown and Philly.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo