Michigan is so cold that 'ghost apples' are forming on trees

Michigan is so cold that 'ghost apples' are forming on trees

We're fast approaching the harsh and icy conditions of winter, and to prepare for you for might be to come, here's a little throwback to the frozen apples which began forming on trees earlier this year in Michigan.

Check out this news report of the phenomenon, courtesy of WGN News:

The state was so cold this past February that there were a number of power outages and travel issues as a result of the icy conditions.

But it also created the most picturesque scenes - namely, the 'ghost apples' that began forming on trees in an orchard located in the Fruit Ridge area of Kent County, according to the Detroit Free Press.

On  February 7, Andrew Sietsema - who works as a farm manager and studied horticulture at Michigan State University - shared photos of the so-called ghost apples, which were left hanging from tree branches, without either their peel or core.

"I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water)," Sietsema told AccuWeather.

"When I pruned a tree it would be shaken in the process, and the mush would slip out of the bottom of the ghost apple. Most apples just fell off, ice and all. But quite a few would leave a cool ghost apple behind," added Sietsema.

The ice began to form when the freezing rain created solid shells around rotten apples in the Fruit Ridge, according to Sietsema.

"I’m sure you could find them at any orchard on the Ridge near Sparta, Michigan, or at least any that still had a few unpicked apples hanging on the trees. Jonagolds are one of my favorite apple varieties, but we’ll call these 'Jonaghosts,'” Sietsema said.