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!
My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane
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
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
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?
What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather
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.