Power Plants Just Made It Snow in Nebraska

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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 teacup storm lasted for a whole day, and on Tuesday, the weather was back at it again, swirling down south towards Omaha, causing up to five centimetres (two inches) of snow in some places.

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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