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As weather warms, people flock to catch glimpse of rare river ice disk in Kamloops

The ice disk was spotted over a week ago, but warm weather in the forecast might melt it quickly.
Image Credit: TWITTER / Jenna Nash-McCabe
January 27, 2020 - 1:15 PM

If you haven't already trekked to check out the ice disk in Kamloops, this might inspire you to lace up your boots.

The ice disk rotating on the South Thompson River is shrinking as the temperature warms up, as people flock to the area to catch a glimpse at the rare phenomenon before it completely melts.

One person set up a time-lapse of the rotating disk, which shows the disk spinning without hitting the surrounding ice. Initially, colliding with the surrounding ice was the process which created the perfect circular shape over a week ago.

For natural wonders like this, drones are a great method to capture the full picture. This angle of the disk from high above gives a glimpse of its size, and shows its slow, calming rotations.

Even wildlife couldn’t stay away from the attraction. This Twitter user filmed as a river otter took a stroll near the disk.

Temperatures are expected to be above zero all week, so check out this sight before it melts away. These shots were uploaded this morning, Jan. 27, and show the current size, which is significantly smaller than when it was first spotted over a week ago.

You can find the ice disk by taking a short hike along the Jack Gregson trail in Kamloops. It is directly across the river from the Tk’emlups powwow grounds.


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