Icy Imprint

Jennifer Cuevas

7 facts about Icy Imprint

  • Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times
  • Ice storms are caused by freezing rain.
  • The raindrops move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.
  • Throughout the US, ice storms occur most often during the months of December and January.
  • In 1998, an ice storm in northern New York and northern New England damaged millions of trees and caused $1.4 billion in damage. Accumulations were as much as three inches thick.
  • The ice storm that struck the northeastern US in December 2008 left 1.25 million homes and businesses without power.
  • In addition to car crashes, people die from hypothermia which is prolonged exposure to cold.