VIDEO: Breaking down the science behind pancake ice

Pancake ice formations on Lake Michigan near Oak Street Beach on Jan. 28. (Almaz Abedje/Medill)

By Almaz Abedje
Medill Reports

Pancake ice. This winter phenomenon often takes social media by storm, but not many people know the science behind it. It requires a specific combination of elements to form and doesn’t last for long.

Almaz Abedje is a video and broadcast graduate student at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @AlmazAbedje.