Neato: Freezing Rain Causes Formation Of 'Ghost Apples'

February 8, 2019


These are several shots of some of the frozen 'ghost apples' formed on Andrew Sietsema's apple trees in western Michigan after a bout of freezing rain. How did they form? Let me copy/paste that for you while I try to make a ghost donut in the break room freezer, fail, then take it out on the refrigerator door:

Sietsema said the freezing rain coated rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them. When he pruned the trees, they would shake, causing many of the frozen apples to fall off, ice and all. However with a few of them, the mush slipped out of the bottom of the ice casing, leading to a "ghost apple."

Sietsema the temperature provided the perfect recipe: it was cold enough for the ice to remain, but warm enough for the apples to turn to complete mush, since apples have a lower freezing point than water.

Crazy. I tried to reach Johnny Appleseed for comment about the phenomenon, but I guess he was too busy playing cards with Paul Bunyan and Bigfoot to answer his phone. "Johnny Appleseed was a real person, you know." Hahahaha, what? *Googles* Well I'll be. "You'll be what?" Reprimanding you for being such a little smart-ass, this is my class. "But--" DETENTION.

Keep going for a couple more shots.



Thanks to Luc, who agrees there should be a ghost version of every food for people on diets.

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