Item #: SCP-2520
Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: The two components of SCP-2520 are to be kept in a standard inanimate object containment locker on Site-24. Any experimentation with SCP-2520 requires the approval of three or more Senior Researchers assigned to the site. Any instances of SCP-2520-1 produced during testing are to be terminated at the conclusion of testing.
Description: SCP-2520 is a pair of child-size mittens1 made of spun pink wool. Chemical testing has deemed this wool non-anomalous in itself, displaying qualities similar to natural wool. They possess multiple anomalous properties which seem to be inherently linked, all of which are activated when both mittens are worn by the same person in an outdoor environment.
The first of these properties is that, when activated, the mittens cause rapid alterations to local weather patterns, such that snowfall occurs in the immediate area (minimum observed range: 300 meters) within no more than 24 hours. This has been replicated in environments which are extremely non-conducive to snow, such as equatorial islands at midsummer.
As well, the wearer of SCP-2520 will manifest a significantly elevated mood, characterized by increases in playfulness, whimsy, and euphoria, lasting for several days. Wearers will also express an increased desire to "play in the snow"; however, the extent to which this is anomalous (as opposed to a normal aspect of human psychology) remains to be determined. The subject affected by SCP-2520 has not been seen to feel any temperature drops from the snow they produce.
Periodically during activation periods of SCP-2520, any and all coherently formed snow masses will animate, demonstrating mobility and activity. All masses animated by the anomalous properties of SCP-2520 are hereby designated as SCP-2520-1. Instances of SCP-2520-1 tend to be similar in body shape to the subject, with common examples being similar to friends, family or researchers assigned to SCP-2520. These entities are capable of free movement, despite many having no visible appendages to move with, instead shuffling.
Instances of SCP-2520-1 have been described as "playful" and "clumsy" by witnesses, and appear to be unable to gauge their own physical capabilities. Most instances of SCP-2520-1 are noticeably single-minded, and attempt to engage in friendly, play-like activities with any surrounding organisms or fellow instances of SCP-2520-1. All instances of SCP-2520-1 are oblivious to physical injuries or pain caused to an organism.
SCP-2520 was first discovered in [REDACTED], Florida, after strange weather patterns were noted and investigated by the Foundation. The sudden cold shifts were eventually pinned down to a small forest, where SCP-2520 was retrieved by MTF-Epsilon-5 ("Sled Dogs"). Contrary to SCP-2520's current anomalous behavior, no subject was wearing SCP-2520 at the time of recovery. Prior to containment, it is believed that SCP-2520 was able to cause snow and instances of SCP-2520-1 after the object was discarded by its previous host for reasons yet unknown to the Foundation. It has been reported that SCP-2520 was noted to feel warm, and two pairs of footprints (testing identified shoe sizes similar to those of one male adult and one female child) leading to the east of the affected area. Following these footprints has resulted in no conclusive insight into the whereabouts of the previous bearer of SCP-2520.
Upon initial recovery of SCP-2520, a small scrap of paper was found in a hidden pocket in the left mitten. The following is a transcript of the note: