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!

#1

How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing

How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

That actually looks really cool!

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#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

My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAAAAT! That's looks amazing

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#3

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

That actually looks really neat!

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#4

Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

this is horrible! house may have broken pipes as well.

diane a
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

By the glimpse of bath/tiles I would say this is an old property, not modernised so would imagine the level of insulation and heating is poor. It could possibly be an empty property with no heating on at all to have that happen.

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Vali F.
Community Member
1 year ago

toilet brand is Glacier :)

Brivid
Community Member
1 year ago

The name on the toilet is Glacier Bay.

Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow. I've had explosive toilet events before, but this is whack

Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
1 year ago

The top or bottom?

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tinklyatom
Community Member
1 year ago

Glacier bay! What a fitting name 😅

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

Well the toilet is made by Glacier Bay.... I'm not sure what they expected

Mark Lellman
Community Member
1 year ago

Note the name of the toilet

Amélie Bougie
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, so they don't heat at all in this house...

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 year ago

they turned their heat off? Because here in Canada we can hit -50 and Ive never seen that happen.

Tomáš Mesároš
Community Member
1 year ago

well...the toilet says glacier bay

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a giant ice cube.

Angela Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

terrible but did anyone notice the name of the loo...Glacier Bay...quite apt really...

PowerPockett06
Community Member
1 year ago

Dont worry just as bad as north dakota

william smith
Community Member
1 year ago

You have bigger problems if the toilet in your house freezes

Josurf
Community Member
1 year ago

Umm....Houston we have a flushing problem....

xXsapphireXx Minecraft
Community Member
1 year ago

How did the ice not explode too?

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 year ago

While this is a cool pic and quite unfortunate, it is not QUITE as bad as it looks. I saw the original site this was posted on, the person went on to explain that this was a rental house that was sitting empty with little heat circulating. So while it IS bad, it isn't like this is an occupied, heated residence and this just happened because of the intense cold or people actually had to use this bathroom.

Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

oh dear god

Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel like once it gets warmer, this bathroom is gonna flood

really bored panda
Community Member
1 year ago

How are you supposed to flush now??

Jazmine Luckett
Community Member
1 year ago

brrr

Adam Cantor
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh the irony of having a toilet made by Glacier Bay. :o|

Sophia Gillick
Community Member
1 year ago

WOAH

Rani Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Aw, shit!

Casper Sand
Community Member
1 year ago

Gigantic ice cube for gigantic drink!

Megan Carter
Community Member
1 year ago

feel for who ever's tolet that is.

Austin Hardt
Community Member
1 year ago

jesus...i could not...

TheBoredPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Yo, why is it so cold IN YOUR HOUSE that your toilet water froze?

Taryn Jacobson
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Darja Holm
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha! Stands Glacier Bay on it ;)

Alyssa Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

Just imagine the clean-up when that melts.

XxUnicornxX XxSquadxX
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg same thing happened 2 us down in Jersey!

iluvanimals
Community Member
1 year ago

I am from Minnesota and this looks like a cabin. Insulation issue I am thinking since this is not typical of a regular house.

Valarie Allardice
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Coreen Kerr
Community Member
1 year ago

So this is your inside toilet tank? Dam it must be sooooo cold there. Try & keep warm if you can. Take care Coreen

Benjamin Malone
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s funny doe

Phoenix VW
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s crazy 😜

Lynn Na
Community Member
1 year ago

Minnesotans deserve at least this, considering their voting habits.

ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 year ago

Fittingly, the toilet is Glacier Bay brand. Obviously not for us at glacial temps. I'll show myself out.

Judi Casale
Community Member
1 year ago

Yikes!

Gary Blomfield
Community Member
1 year ago

holy crap

PowerPockett06
Community Member
1 year ago

Dont worry nlryhdakotas just as bad

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh no,, that would upset me big time !!!

Diane Brock
Community Member
1 year ago

I've experienced water frozen solid IN the bowl, but this has that beat!

Rosemary Ward
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh MY GOD

Zack Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Icy crap! I hope the house is ok

John Everett
Community Member
1 year ago

If you can't trust a "Glacier Bay" toilet, which brand can you trust?

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS IS JUST TOO HORRIBLE!!!!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Therese Monse
Community Member
1 year ago

Ironically, the toilet brand is "Glacier Bay"! Don't wanna be there when it thaws out!

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Super “cool” .

Karen Chaddock
Community Member
1 year ago

This happened inside a home so I can only imagine how cold it is outside.

Lyn Charpilloz
Community Member
1 year ago

yikes!

Per-Erik Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy shit.

Wendy Walecka
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoa!

Cheryl Lohr
Community Member
1 year ago

If the toilet tank froze this hard they will definitely have frozen water and possibly sewer pipers.

John Kamau
Community Member
1 year ago

Quick... Quick guys, Time to rekindle the modeling clay class. Create a mould around the ice before it starts melting away.

Sue Clasen
Community Member
1 year ago

That happened once in my family's sheep farm in Patagonia quite a long time ago.

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoops... That's an issue..

Lydia Pineault
Community Member
1 year ago

SAD soSAD So SAD 😢

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be run down. A regular insulated home wouldn't get that bad,

Patricia Jensen
Community Member
1 year ago

So sorry to hear but it is ridiculous cold. I am awake at 3:30 am because it is too damned cold in my bedroom to stay asleep and I'm running a heater at my beside constantly. I'm in Toronto Canada and the temp here isn't half as bad as some parts of the U.S.

Tricia Fish
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW!!!! I have never heard or seen anything like this before!!!! How could this happen??? The house should be warm enough for this not to happen.

Sreenath
Community Member
1 year ago

Can I use your washroom once? :P

Mike Zysman
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems fake to me. Why would the tank explode if there was plenty of room for the ice to expand on the top? Your ice cube tray doesn't explode.

Andrée Morin
Community Member
1 year ago

Look at the toilet Name ! sure it exploded

Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

those poor people think of all the damage repairs for those pipes just think going into the store to get new ones and they ask what happend and you say it exploded

diane a
Community Member
1 year ago

Daria - yes - set the alarm for 3am to run the taps

ShiftyLookinNinjaPandaGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

.............NANI!?

Vicky Jerome
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!!!

Jen Cox
Community Member
1 year ago

😮

Margie Silva
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Rachael Shirkey-Snee
Community Member
1 year ago

How cold is it in their house?!!

Shelly McClure
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my!

Gonzalo Terán
Community Member
1 year ago

Adress? Got my ice pick and a bottle of whisky.

Kiki
Community Member
1 year ago

O.O

Maciej Szumny
Community Member
1 year ago

Glacier Bay. What to expect.

Leatha Goldsmith
Community Member
1 year ago

Might need to setup a GoFundMe.. yikes

Paul Poirier
Community Member
1 year ago

Like the name on the toilet bowl ;-)

Kamila Bilska
Community Member
1 year ago

Shit!

Lucie Theroux
Community Member
1 year ago

maybe you should isolate your houses more

K.R.
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree! Very bad or lack of insulation... but did they also leave a window open?

Porto DaMartinica
Community Member
1 year ago

squeaky ball in the next tank you're welcome

Jan Basterfield
Community Member
1 year ago

😵😵🤤😵🤤

Andy Grooms
Community Member
1 year ago

Does that toilet say Glacier Bay? :-D

Atira Jackson
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg that would suck

60 year old
Community Member
1 year ago

WC-pytyn vesisäiliö

Oly Grim
Community Member
1 year ago

What??

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

And the brand name of the toilet is "Glacier " hahah!

Lost in My memes
Community Member
1 year ago

literally

Elizabeth Shaaber
Community Member
1 year ago

turn up the heat!!!

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone forgot to leave the water trickling.

Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

The ice is rather pretty despite where and what.

Ingrid
Community Member
1 year ago

This happens in North Europe even with just -20 C

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

you Don't heat your bathroom?

lazy panda
Community Member
1 year ago

The high in Park Rapids, MN two days straight was -42....

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Nthati
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think I'd ever be able to survive here, I live in South Africa and it gets cold but not this cold, I haven't owned gloves or a beanie in years. If I woke up to find this I'd go back to bed.

Remi
Community Member
1 year ago

an aptly named toilet... lol

Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

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Katharine Lancaster
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s happened in my home before.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder it exploded if you left it full of water...

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#5

My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

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justa catboy
Community Member
1 year ago

I would just carry that around with me.

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#6

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys don't get paid enough.

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#7

My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow

My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow

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C
Community Member
1 year ago

That's scary! Well, chilling

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#8

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW ARE YOU SHIRTLESS IN SUCH COLD WEATHER?!

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#9

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

So this is how you summon the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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#10

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

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David Viesta
Community Member
1 year ago

Marge Simpson's early years.

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#11

Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

Loch Ness Mingo spotted!

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#12

Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity

Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity

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Amandine Vn
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg even in full capacity you can't let someone outside 😨

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#13

It's So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them

It's So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them

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Oathbraker
Community Member
1 year ago

*Slow heavy metal music playing*

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#14

It's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

It's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

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VesSun
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is your god now? :D

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#15

Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?

Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

wow, never experienced this before. It looks dangerous being out there.

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#16

What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

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diane a
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow - that must be fun

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#17

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

imagine wanting to take a poop then finding that your toilet is practically a snow sculpture

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#18

Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the invisible man is shirtless!

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#19

When These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

When These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

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Pumbaa
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks really weird! Like it was in some scifi horror movie..

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#20

Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

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David Viesta
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor thing is cold.

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#21

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My MN Apartment As It Reached -40°

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.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know if you have human rights in America (not many, anyway) but you should be able to prosecute him for that.

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#22

Going To Daycare When It's -30 Outside

Going To Daycare When It's -30 Outside

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2econdSelf
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of the younger kid in A Christmas Story!

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#23

Frozen Chicken Eggs

Frozen Chicken Eggs

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олександра пушкар
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! That looks amazing! Imagine laying it on the frying pan and watching it melt. *went to put eggs outside*

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#24

You Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

You Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

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Boudica
Community Member
1 year ago

Be handy after a curry! :-)

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#25

The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

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Remi
Community Member
1 year ago

"international" skating ring :)

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#26

Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16

Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16

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Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess Celsius, right ?

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#27

We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park

We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweat and freezing weather, so hard to deal with.

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#28

Minnesota's Officers

Minnesota's Officers

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

Did someone shout 'Freeze!'

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#29

Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

Go home car, you're drunk

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#30

House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade

House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade

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JillVille
Community Member
1 year ago

That is scary!

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#31

The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in southeast Virginia. I can't even wrap my mind around most of these pics.

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#32

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's hope the fire department didn't have to use this hydrant!

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#33

This Door At Work In Minnesota

This Door At Work In Minnesota

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

No longer a fire door.

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#34

A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

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Pumbaa
Community Member
1 year ago

Better heat it up slowly before it bursts

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#35

Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside

Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius at work.

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#36

Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)

Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for telling us a temperature that the rest of the world actually uses.

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#37

My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)

My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)

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Holly Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

You’ll freeze your eye out kid.

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#38

My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

We are marching to Pretoria - because we won't freeze our a**es off there!

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#39

One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks

One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

ohhh I take you home buddy

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#40

I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg

I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg

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Merle S
Community Member
1 year ago

Buuuut - how long did it take?

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#41

Cold Spell

Cold Spell

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.

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2-10-11
Community Member
1 year ago

A blanket tacked over the door would probably be as efficient and easier to maintain

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#42

It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car

It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

That's probably down to a bad paint job. I'm sure it's supposed to last even in sub zero conditions.

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#43

"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"

"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like fun guys. Must be in their genes.

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#44

Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It's So Cold

Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It's So Cold

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Vali F.
Community Member
1 year ago

1. water is freezein, not ice. ice is already frozen. 2. i think it is fake, oterwise the water drops around would be frozen also.

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#45

This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F

This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F

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Boudica
Community Member
1 year ago

I need to know why the car is on fire!

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#46

In A Matter Of 2 Minutes Walking Across Campus, My Glasses Started To Frost/Ice Over

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.

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Claudia Stieble
Community Member
1 year ago

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.

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#47

My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago

My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
1 year ago

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.

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