Another byproduct of this extreme cold: Ghost apples
Ever heard of ghost apples?
Now we can add another one to the list: ghost apples.
Pruning apple tree
"I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn't melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water)," Sietsema told.
"And when I pruned a tree it would be shaken in the process, and the mush would slip out of the bottom of the 'ghost apple.'"
Glaze of pure ice
Western Michigan has gone through a roller coaster of weather this month.
From the icy grip of the Arctic outbreak, to above average temperatures this week, which then lead to a day of freezing rain instead of the snow western Michigan is accustomed to.
Freezing rain will turn anything it touches into a glaze of pure ice. In this case, unpicked old apples.
Where is it found?
"Jonagolds are one of my favorite apple varieties, but we'll call these 'Jonaghosts.'"