50 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' turning Midwestern U.S. into a winter wonderland.
The polar vortex is a band of strong winds, high up in the atmosphere that keeps bitterly cold winter season 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 freezing 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 winter landscapes to take incredible images of the effects that the extremely cold weather 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!
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How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing
My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane
After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out
Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded
My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago
A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex
My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow
Best part? Our fearless leader tweets how this cold disproves global warming. Ughhhhhh
Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather
Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente
“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”
Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo
Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity
Omg even in full capacity you can't let someone outside 😨
It's So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them
It's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze
Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?
wow, never experienced this before. It looks dangerous being out there.
What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather
Meanwhile In Wisconsin
Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota
When These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing
Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn
Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My MN Apartment As It Reached -40°
The idiot must have forgotten he pays my electric and doesn't realize that I value my comfort over safety or energy conservation.
I don't know if you have human rights in America (not many, anyway) but you should be able to prosecute him for that.
Going To Daycare When It's -30 Outside
Frozen Chicken Eggs
Wow! That looks amazing! Imagine laying it on the frying pan and watching it melt. *went to put eggs outside*
You Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse
The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada
Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16
We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park
Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex
House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade
The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota
I live in southeast Virginia. I can't even wrap my mind around most of these pics.
This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant
Let's hope the fire department didn't have to use this hydrant!
This Door At Work In Minnesota
A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door
Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside
Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)
Thanks for telling us a temperature that the rest of the world actually uses.
My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)
My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle
We are marching to Pretoria - because we won't freeze our a**es off there!
One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks
I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg
Yes, that is ice on the inside of our house. It's not the first time that ice has formed around our door. We've talked to our landlord and hope to get a new door and door frame in spring when we don't have to worry about getting frostbite about people outside for five minutes. It would really help with our utility bill as well.
It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car
That's probably down to a bad paint job. I'm sure it's supposed to last even in sub zero conditions.
"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"
Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It's So Cold
This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F
In A Matter Of 2 Minutes Walking Across Campus, My Glasses Started To Frost/Ice Over
Everyone’s been talking about how cold Chicago is right now. The upper Midwest (I’m talking Fargo area) had windchills up to -60 below zero, ten degrees colder than Chicago. In a matter of 2 minutes walking across campus, my glasses started to frost/ice over.
Last winter I drove my bicycle to work and had to stop after 10 minutes because my glasses were covered with frost patterns, they looked beautiful but I couldn't see anything at all. It was only -14°C that morning.
My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago
As I know, most of the houses in America are built on wooden frame, with some isolation foam between wooden planks inside and outside. At the corners either is a slim wooden pole either the isolation is not well connected. Either way, this is bad in the future, the humidity and the wood don't mix well over long periods of time.
Living in Australia, I always thought to myself: Nah, it can't be that bad. After looking at this post, it blew my mind. Wow! How do people live with this? I guess if you grow up there, you get used to it, but I can't even imagine living like that!
Most of these shouldn't be happening. That's what you have heating and insulation for. I assume in these places such weather isn't common so they were unprepared ( ? I thought US does get some kind of winter though?). As a Russian I can tell you you're definitely not supposed to get ice *inside*, whether it's -20 or -40 C out there ;P Also, I love winter and am jealous right now, warming up to disgusting +1 here atm, mah snow is melting D:
Ugh, I feel you. Everything's melting here in Ukraine, too. And yeah, I cannot fathom how some of these ppl cope with their situation. The water is instantly freezing INSIDE THE HOUSE? Wtf even? Sounds like one of my grandma's horror stories about how her childhood was so much harder
Was thinking the same, if you get snow on the inside of doors and windows, either your house is way to moist or you got really bad insulation ( Sweden, we got so much snow here now, but we know what to expect so our houses are built to keep it out )
It gets that cold where I am (upstate NY) at least once or twice a winter and I agree, it has to do with whether or not you and your home are prepared for it.
Amazing!! In only two years President Trump has stopped global warming!!
It gets seriously cold in the US in the northeast, midwest & northwest; probably not Russia-cold, but below zero. i agree that people should be more prepared, but sometimes you don't know until it happens if you move into a new place. all that snow & ice inside is totally ridiculous--hopefully it's in older homes & not something that's fairly new!
It makes sense when you put it in context. This is happening at 45 degrees latitude, which cuts through northern China and southern Mongolia. That is like -51 C in a climate that's more like Romania or Germany. That temperature isn't even normal for Russia, other than places like Oymyakon or Yakutsk.
It is hot here in Australia . give me some cool weather.