Devon’s big freeze creates stunning icicle displays

Amazing pictures from across Devon show the county frozen by Storm Darcy.

The pictures, taken yesterday, show icicles covering trees and bushes after several weather warnings have been issued across the region.

Pavements and river banks can also be seen covered in sheets of ice.

Some of the pictures, which were posted to social media, had viewers “mesmerised” with one person commenting “my daughter is mesmerised by all the icicles around she will love these pics”.

Another person added “I have seen ice in trees before but nothing as beautiful as those photos, they would win a photographic prize I’m sure!”

(Image: Adrian, Webbers Estate Agents Torrington)

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Stormy weather and high winds have also caused trees to fall across Devon and has created the rare phenomenon of sea foam on Paignton sea front.

(Image: Callum Vellacott)

How do icicles form?

Icicles only form in very specific weather conditions. Either a sunny day or an alternative heat source needs to be present however temperatures also need to be below freezing. In these conditions, the ice or snow can melt and then refreeze as it drips.

The icicle starts off as a few frozen droplets, then once large enough, the water begins to run down the side of the frozen droplets and freezes as a thin film all the way down the icicle.

(Image: Linda Wotton)

The thin film of water that coats the icicle gives off heat, warming the air around it – a process called conduction.

Warm air is less dense than cool air, so the warm air will rise. When the warm air rises, the heat is removed from the liquid layer, causing it to freeze.

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