Katie Nickolaou is a meteorologist KMEG in Sioux City and recently released a practical PSA on TikTok explaining why it’s a bad idea to eat ice spikes hanging off houses or gutters, no matter how much they look a Popsicle from a winter wonderland. The quick clip began with a shot of a woman pulling an icicle off a roof and eating it like a carrot, as Nickolaou exclaimed, “Please don’t do that! I’m a meteorologist — I should know.” She then gave the explanation that makes perfect sense once you think about it.
“When icicles form, it’s from water that melts off of your roof and runs down the side of a building. Well, here’s the thing – you know what else is on your roof? Bird poop. A lot of it,” she said. “And that water picks it up and freezes it in the ice, you’re eating poop!”
The winter warning has since been viewed 12-million times on TikTok, but the meteorologist told Fox News that she’s shocked the video has gone so far and wide. Joking that it was “very strange” for the quick clip to receive such overnight hype, the storm chaser said that fans should stay tuned on her social media pages for more wild weather updates in the months ahead.