Freezing rain spawns icy 'ghost apples' in MI

10 Février, 2019, 10:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A so-called ghost apple hangs from a tree in an orchard in western Michigan

A so-called ghost apple hangs from a tree in an orchard in western MI.

A so-called "ghost apple".

Andrew Sietsema spotted the formation in Kent County while pruning apple trees on Wednesday.

Sietsema said it was cold enough outside that the ice covering the apples hadn't melted yet, but warm enough to turn the apples into mush. However with a few of them, the mush slipped out of the bottom of the ice casing, leading to a "ghost apple". "But quite a few would leave a cool ghost apple behind", said Sietsema, who works as a farm manager and studied horticulture at Michigan State University.

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Western Michigan has gone through a roller coaster of weather this month.

Icy conditions in MI created a odd phenomenon in an orchard - "ghost apples". Most apples just fell off, ice and all.

A man pruning apple trees in an icy orchard in MI on Wednesday discovered a very odd phenomenon: ghost apples.

The apples are a variety called Jonagolds, one of Sietsema's favorites, he told CNN, adding, "but we'll call these 'Jonaghosts'".

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