When Ice Attacks


Icicles dangling from these tree branches follow the direction of the wind blowing in from Lake Geneva.

Forget the thunderous roars of a violent storm: a less dramatic storm produces the most spectacular scenes. Ice storms happen when supercooled rain freezes as it hits the ground, transforming the landscape into a frozen fairytale world.

Ice storms are rare events that occur when rain falls through warm air and meets cold air near the ground. The rain freezes on impact, covering everything in a thick, frosty coating. Switzerland’s Lake Geneva experienced this ice storm in 2012.

Storm Damage

The crust of frozen rain that coats everything after an ice storm can be so thick and heavy that it makes structures like these electricity pylons collapse.