In the freezing river phenomenon, a strange but “breathtaking” spinning ice vortex forms.


In a freezing river, a strange but ‘breathtaking’ spinning ice vortex forms.

The ice circle known as the ‘vortex’ has returned to the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, as more tourists wait for warmer weather to make it spin again.

A swirling ice disk has formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, due to a strange chilly weather phenomenon.

Since it first appeared in the river in 2019 and gained worldwide attention, the ‘vortex’ ice circle has drew in crowds every year, before partially forming again in 2020.

The ice disk has since resurfaced as a video posted to the Frog and Turtle gastropub’s Facebook page by chef and owner James Tranchemontagne this winter.

The view of the rotating ice from the venue is captured, with the bushes along the riverbank covered in snow.

“As of this morning, it moved toward the riverbank and locked itself in,” James told The Boston Globe.

It’s already in place.”

He went on to say that the ice disk provided a welcome diversion for the town of more than 20,000 people who were “in the midst of this Covid-19 hell.”

However, city officials have issued safety warnings, stating that while visitors can photograph the ice, it is not safe to walk on it.

“IceDisk2022 is frozen in place on this frigid morning, but who knows what Mother Nature has in store for it next?” wrote City of Westbrook on Facebook, where the ice disk is now their cover image.

“Whatever the case may be, it is still awe-inspiring.”

“Watch this space.”

The ice disk forms as a result of the river’s current and vortex beneath the ice, which causes ice sheets to spin and form a circle, according to scientists.

Tourists have since flocked to the site, hoping that as the weather warms, the ice will begin to rotate again.

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“It’s amazing,” Sandra Brocious told NECN.

“I wish it would spin.”

She went on to say that she’d come back later in the week to see if the disk would move with warmer temperatures.

“With a little warmer weather, I think it’ll start spinning again,” Kim Gass of Raymond, Maine, added.

It’s like going hiking on a trail for the second time; the trail is never the same.”


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