The Uruguayan coast resort town of Punta Del Este was covered by blizzard conditions earlier this week, but the fluffy white stuff covering the city wasn’t from the sky…it was from the sea.
Sea foam blowing off the stormy Atlantic Ocean covered the Uruguayan town in a thick layer and forced drivers to plow through the bubbly mess to get around.
The foamy phenomenon occurs when a storm whips up ocean waves, and strong winds then push large amounts of foam onto land. The mess mainly happens when the sea is full of organic matter, salts and dead algae that are dredged up from the briny depths and set landward by strong coastal winds.
Video footage of the foamy day shows automobiles struggling through mounds of foam and almost gale force winds whipping a dark Atlantic as waves rolls onto shore.