15 Photos That Show Just How Insanely Cold It Is In America Right Now
Extreme weather events are becoming more and more common, with records shattered down under during Australia’s recent heatwave, and now, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the ‘polar vortex’ bearing down on Midwestern U.S.
The polar vortex is a band of strong winds, high up in the atmosphere that keeps bitterly cold air locked around the Arctic region. Sometimes, like this year, it can drift further south than usual and envelop highly populated areas of North America. Chigaco has been particularly hard hit, with its notoriously windy location on Lake Michigan bringing wind-chill temperatures down to record-breaking lows.
With much of the Midwest on lockdown and people urged to stay indoors, some people have been braving the plunging temperatures to take incredible images of the effects that the vortex is having on their daily lives. From exploding toilets to icy hairstyles, this list compiled by Bored Panda will give you chills just from looking at it!
#1 How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing
#2 My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane
#3 After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out
#4 Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded
#5 My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago
#6 Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather
#7 Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente
8 A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex
#9 My God. We’ve Reached The Day After Tomorrow
#10 “Is Iowa Really That Cold?”
#11 Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?
#12 Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex
#13 Minnesota’s Officers
#14 I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg
#15 “No, Believe Me, ‘Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly”