It’s back! Ice disk forms again on Maine river

An ice disk that captured national and world attention a few years ago has formed again on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.

The video above is from a local company in Cumberland Center, Maine that sent up a drone to get some amazing views of this phenomenon.

The Portland Press Herald reports the ice formation is believed to result from a combination of current and a vortex beneath the ice, the result of a column of cold water sinking to the bottom of the river at the center of the circle.

The City of Westbrook posted its own image of the disk to social media.

Guess what's back, back again... 👀 Westbrook's Ice Disk is forming once more! #icedisk2022 📸 credit: Guy Cote

Posted by City of Westbrook on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Back in 2019, the disk proved to be a tourist attraction for the city. The video below is from 2019:

Maine ice disk

😲 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THIS BEFORE? Check out this #drone video of an ice disc in #Westbrook, #Maine! Kind of looks like the surface of the moon, right? #Boston25 #Winter #Cold #NewEngland

Posted by Boston 25 News on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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