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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’ 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

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

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

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

#4 Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank ExplodedMeanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

 

#5 My Sister Opened Her Car Door In ChicagoMy Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

#6 A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

#7 Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

#8 Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

#9 My God. We’ve Reached The Day After Tomorrow

My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow

#10 “Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

#11 Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole MingoCurrent Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

#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

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

#14 It’s So Cold In Iowa That We Froze AntifreezeIt's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

#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?

#16 What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing WeatherWhat Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

#17 Meanwhile In WisconsinMeanwhile In Wisconsin

#18 Freezing Our Pants Off In MinnesotaFreezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

#19 When These Are The Inside Doors… You Know We Are Polar VortexingWhen These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

#20 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°

#21 Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science MannnCadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

#22 Going To Daycare When It’s -30 OutsideGoing To Daycare When It's -30 Outside

#23 Frozen Chicken EggsFrozen Chicken Eggs

#24 You Know It’s Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The OuthouseYou Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

#25 The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To CanadaThe Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

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

#27 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

#28 Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar VortexLetting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

#29 Minnesota’s OfficersMinnesota's Officers

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

#31 The Beauty The Cold Brings To South DakotaThe Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

#32 This Flash-Frozen Fire HydrantThis Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

#33 This Door At Work In MinnesotaThis Door At Work In Minnesota

#34 A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This DoorA Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

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

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

#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)

#38 My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting IcicleMy Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

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

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

#41 Cold Spell

Cold Spell

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

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

#44 “No, Believe Me, ‘Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly”"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"

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

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

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

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

#49 So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

#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

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