What are frost quakes?

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Are you hearing any loud booms in the middle of the night?

Is your house making a snap, crackle, pop sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies?

It could be what's called a cryoseism, otherwise known as a frost quake.

How do these happen?

If we get some milder air or if we get some rain, that helps to melt some of the snowpack. As some of the snow pack seeps into the soil, it runs off.

Then what's been happening, we get a blast of some chilly Arctic air. That moisture in the soil suddenly freezes up and turns into ice, and the ice expands.

As it expands, it creates stress on the soil. Eventually, that stress is released. And you hear the boom of the frozen earth suddenly breaking.

Don't be surprised if you hear some creaking around your home, and don't be alarmed. This is actually normal in these conditions, if uncommon.