Ice Weakens Frozen Branches

Early this morning I stepped onto my deck in SW Portland near Hillsdale, and into 12 inches of accumulated snow. The average snow fall for my area appears to be about six inches. Upon closer observation I realized, like so many other Portlanders, that everything was covered in 1/4 inch layer of ice.

I could hear the "crunch, crunch, crunch" of the ice under my feet as I walked toward the street.

This Video captures my astonishment at how brittle the branches of blackberry bushes near my house have become. This serves as a reminder that the branches of trees overhead must also be brittle from heavy ice.

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