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 GIGGAG will give you chills just from looking at it!
That actually looks really cool!
WHAAAAT! That's looks amazing
this is horrible! house may have broken pipes as well.
So this is how you summon the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Wow - that must be fun
*Slow heavy metal music playing*
Marge Simpson's early years.
That actually looks really neat!
HOW ARE YOU SHIRTLESS IN SUCH COLD WEATHER?!
I would just carry that around with me.
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.
imagine wanting to take a poop then finding that your toilet is practically a snow sculpture
Even the invisible man is shirtless!
Omg even in full capacity you can't let someone outside 😨
These guys don't get paid enough.
Where is your god now? :D
wow, never experienced this before. It looks dangerous being out there.
Reminds me of the younger kid in A Christmas Story!
Did someone shout 'Freeze!'
Looks really weird! Like it was in some scifi horror movie..
Sweat and freezing weather, so hard to deal with.
That is scary!
Loch Ness Mingo spotted!
Be handy after a curry! :-)
Go home car, you're drunk
Wow! That looks amazing! Imagine laying it on the frying pan and watching it melt. *went to put eggs outside*
Buuuut - how long did it take?
ohhh I take you home buddy
Poor thing is cold.
Genius at work.