Ice jam should be a blue, delicious, jelly… lightly tasting of cool mint, vanilla, and chocolate. Spread on a cracker with cream cheese, it would be a delight!
Unfortunately, that is *NOT* what ice jam means.
An ice jam is when ice is broken out of a river due to warming weather or melted runoff from snow (or both). Large chunks of ice stack up in the water and form a dam. Water is slowed and builds up behind the jam into a lake. It can quickly flow over the banks and flood surrounding areas.
That’s happening in Worland and other communities around Wyoming as I type.
It almost happened behind Daniel and Tessia’s house last night. They even went down and checked on it at 2 am. While it jammed and backed up water to the tippy top of the creek bed, it didn’t overflow and flood.
Much of this ice is 18″-24″ thick! It is impressive!