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A snowball is a spherical item composed of snow that is often produced by scooping snow with one’s hands and compacting it into a ball. Snowball battles are a popular pastime that involves snowballs.

A snowball can also be a huge snowball created by rolling a smaller snowball across a snowy surface. The smaller snowball expands by accumulating more snow as it rolls. This phenomenon gave rise to the words “snowball effect” and “snowballing.” The Welsh dance “Y Gasseg Eira” is similarly named after the rolling of a huge snowball. This method of generating a huge snowball is frequently used to make the parts of a snowman.

The fundamental physical mechanism that allows snowballs to form is sintering, which involves compacting a solid mass near its melting point. Michael Faraday gave a speech in 1842 about the attractive forces between ice particles, which sparked scientific hypotheses regarding snowball formation. James Thomson’s early explanation of regelation, in which a solid is melted by pressure and subsequently re-frozen, was significant.

The pressure applied by the hands on the snow while packing a snowball is a determinant of the final outcome: light and soft snowball results from less pressure. When damp or “packing” snow is compacted by exerting great pressure, a tougher snowball, also referred to as an ice ball, is produced, which can hurt an opponent during a snowball battle.


The temperature has a significant impact on the production of snowballs. When the snow is too cold, it’s difficult to form a decent snowball. Furthermore, snowballs are harder to create when the snow is dry and powdery. There is little free water in the snow at temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F), resulting in crumbly snowballs. Melted water in the snow leads to higher cohesiveness at 0 °C (32 °F) or above. However, as the temperature reaches a particular point, the snowball becomes slush, which loses mechanical strength and no longer sticks together. This effect is employed in the rule that if water can be squeezed out of a snowball, there is a significant danger of avalanche in skiing regions.

Natural snowballs occur as a result of wind under some rare situations, without the need for human involvement. These are the circumstances:

There must be ice covering on top of the ground. The snowball will not stick to the ground as a result of this.

There must be some moist and loose snow around the melting point on that ice.

The wind must be strong enough to propel the snowballs, but not too so.

Small windblown frost balls, known as yukimarimo, develop in Antarctica via a separate method that depends on electrostatic attraction.

In other rare cases, wave action on ice and snow in coastal and river regions can result in beach snowballs or ball ice.

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