A photo of a large wave on Lake Erie appears to show a face
Is it a wave, or is it Poseidon? Powerful waves created a spectacular show for photographer Cody Evans on November 18th and 19th. Evans photographed this incredible face in the wave from Port Stanley, Ontario, as an intense lake-effect snow event was underway in western New York.
Onshore, western New York was experiencing a record-breaking lake-effect snow event. Cities like Hamburg and Orchard Park, N.Y., received more than 6 feet of snow! On Lake Erie, whipping winds created waves 15+ feet in height. WindRadar shows the winds gusting over 40 mph over Lake Erie on November 18th and 19th.
WindRadar showing wind gusts over Lake Erie Nov 18-19
We know why the waves were so high, but why was there a face in this particular wave? There's a name for this phenomenon, pareidolia. Pareidolia is the false perception of seeing a non-existent face or pattern in everyday objects, like clouds or waves.
So next time you see a rabbit on the moon or a face in a fluffy cloud, you know the name of what you are experiencing.