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According to ScienceAlert (This article and its images were originally posted on ScienceAlert December 5, 2018 at 12:31AM.)
Freezing temperatures and industrial activity may sound like a recipe for disaster, but sometimes, beautiful things come from strange places.
In the frigid cold of winter, two industrial power plants on the outskirts of a small town in Nebraska have caused a rare and unusual weather event.
For more than a day, residents living downwind of the town of Norfolk were treated to a dusting of effectively human-made snow, thanks to the freezing billows of a nearby power facility.
The National Weather Service (NWS) noticed it first on their radar: a tiny pocket of snow, drifting downwind from Norfolk.
The NWS has since confirmed that the unusual band of snow was caused by two power facilities in Norfolk – a steel manufacturing plant and an ethanol processing facility.
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