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 3 months 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

DavidPFunk Report

Aaron Kara 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

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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 3 months 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 3 months 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

Jacopo_della_Q Report

C 3 months 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

Mapes Report

Lef 3 months 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

supercatpuke Report

glowworm2 3 months 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?”

taylor_scallon Report

David Viesta 3 months 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

ForwardMSNFC , ForwardMSNFC Report

Ms.Maria 3 months 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

OMAROSA Report

Amandine Vn 3 months 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

metrarail Report

Oathbraker 3 months 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

Stonedspidey Report

VesSun 3 months 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?

mayrenaisamar Report

Luis Milian 3 months 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

cbotnyse Report

diane a 3 months ago

Wow - that must be fun

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#17

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

atlastifoundit Report

Lef 3 months 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

gregswan Report

ADHORTATOR 3 months 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

HeidiMiler Report

Pumbaa 3 months 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

GordonsWord Report

David Viesta 3 months 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.

JohannReddit Report

Tiny Dynamine 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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

Linda Mooney Report

Boudica 3 months 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

Jay_Z_123 Report

Remi 3 months 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

KKrilanovichCRE Report

Max L. 3 months 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

Bimbo Gifford Report

Grumble O'Pug 3 months 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 3 months 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

ahhbeeli Report

Aaron Kara 3 months 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

Nayb3n Report

JillVille 3 months 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

chinho321 Report

tuzdayschild 3 months 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

kasprzee Report

Freya the Wanderer 3 months 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

rmcvey4051 Report

Roger Haywood 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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)

imayoras Report

Holly Palmer 3 months 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

nonnahinnor Report

Freya the Wanderer 3 months 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

gorgonzolabee Report

Klaudiia Sherbatzky 3 months 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

Lauren Yapalater Report

Merle S 3 months 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.

ferrari1996 Report

2-10-11 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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

mak_savi Report

Vali F. 3 months 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

hivehivebuzzbuzz Report

Boudica 3 months 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.

kmbell333 Report

Claudia Stieble 3 months 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

creampuffyness Report

Vlad Horobet 3 months 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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#48

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

wowmartiean Report

diane a 3 months ago

Who's even mad enough to attempt a shower in that cold - even if the pipes weren't frozen solid

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#49

It's So Cold Here In Iowa That There Is Now Frost On The Inside Of My Door Hinges

It's So Cold Here In Iowa That There Is Now Frost On The Inside Of My Door Hinges

TheMadCatterFTW Report

Person2638 3 months ago

Nature's trying to tell you to stay inside.

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#50

My Beard Froze While Waiting Bus. I Wish It Would Be Summer Already

My Beard Froze While Waiting Bus. I Wish It Would Be Summer Already

Volus_dude Report

A B C 3 months ago

Jeez, that guy could really use a razor. Or at least some shears.

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