By Luke Kenton
This stunning phenomenon appears to be an on-rushing ‘ghost snow tsunami’, as a rare light and wind alignment causes a mesmerizing mirage to form on the horizon.
Nature-buff Ariel McGlothin was hoping to capture some local wildlife in action when she trudged out in the harsh winter conditions of Kelly, Wyoming, USA, but inadvertently witnessed an incredibly rare spectacle.
Standing before a huge wall of icy powder, a strange mirage begins to form as the sun – aligned perfectly with the direction of the wind – begins to highlight snow crystals moving in the blistering breeze, resembling a series of ghostly waves crashing against a shoreline.
The haunting display lasts for several moments as the virtually translucent ‘waves’ continue to flow forward in a fearsome flurry, leaving 30-year-old Ariel with a conflicted feeling that she ‘needed to flee’ the seeming tsunami.
Eventually dissipating before Ariel as the sun continued on its course and the wind changed direction, the blogger was left ‘stunned’ by the amazing apparition.
Ariel, originally from Pennsylvania, who recently uploaded the clip from April 14th, said: “It was a pretty amazing experience.
“The appearance of a rolling and crashing wave was so convincing in its appearance, I really thought it was coming towards me – I kept thinking that I needed to flee.
“I have never experienced anything like this before.
“This is the only time I’ve personally experienced all the conditions lining up to create this appearance.
“I watched it for about 15 minutes or so until the angle of the light changed and the whole phenomenon just disappeared.
“In hindsight, I feel very lucky to have seen this and don’t know if I’ll ever be lucky enough to be in exactly the right place at the right time every again.
“It was a very special experience.”