We're only a few days into 2018, and the apocalypse has already begun. Much of the country is currently experiencing temperatures that are way below normal for this time of year. Oh yeah, and the entire east coast is being slammed with a winter storm of such epic proportions it's actually called a "bomb cyclone." Yes, that it the official weather term for what's happening right now.
The Northeast especially has seen feet of snow and ice accompanied by swirling, violent winds — not so much a winter wonderland as a winter nightmare land.
Even Florida and other places in the south are seeing rare snowfall and record-low temperatures. The extreme cold is doing much more than surprising the human residents of these areas — it's shocking the whole ecosystem, so much so that iguanas have started freezing and falling out of the sky (well, out of the trees they hang out in). It's pretty sad and surprising, but it's also a little funny. (Don't worry, they are not dead. Just frozen.)
This bomb cyclone is the real deal.
Chunks of ice, and even an ice machine, were seen floating in flood waters in Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts, today… https://t.co/15nAHtRKlB— CNN (@CNN)1515111153.0
The winds are so strong that they're making even underground escapes from the cold, like NYC subway stops, full of snow.
Underground subway stations were no match for the bomb cyclone: "To see snow building up in some of the stations wa… https://t.co/aLve8alCWs— amNewYork (@amNewYork)1515105240.0
It's insane — people are literally up to their waists trying to trek through the snow.
12 pictures show the "bomb cyclone" gripping the Northeast https://t.co/nNjvQb3etB https://t.co/HfW4hJn0w0— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1515162160.0
Sometimes we don't think about how weather like this affects the wildlife in the area, but animals are hit just as hard as humans by extreme winter storms.
Disturbing Pic of the Day: Frozen sharks keep washing up on Cape Cod. Look for our story on the coming snow hurrica… https://t.co/EuG6ZKC658— John Hendren (@John Hendren)1515021462.0
One overlooked animal that's being mighty affected by the bomb cyclone is iguanas.
via: Getty ImagesAs you probably know, iguanas and other lizards prefer warm temperatures. That's probably why many iguanas choose to hang out in the trees of what is a reliably balmy state: Florida. But it's been cold in Florida lately, so cold that iguanas are freezing and falling out of trees. Now, I'm going to show you some pictures of these poor, frozen iguanas. Just know that they are not dead and that it is OK to laugh...
OK, here is Frozen Iguana No. 1.
It’s so cold the iguanas are freezing and falling out of trees @CBS12 https://t.co/9nCTfKPaGJ— Maxine Streicher (@Maxine Streicher)1515082424.0
And 40 degrees is cold enough that iguanas are completely immobilized and falling out of trees.
The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana. https://t.co/SufdQI0QBx— Frank Cerabino (@Frank Cerabino)1515069346.0
This Twitter user advised moving these stiff lizards into the sun to give them a better chance of warming up quickly.
The iguanas have a good chance of thawing out if you move them in the sun. Just be careful @CBS12 https://t.co/Qn2w6NFedD— Maxine Streicher (@Maxine Streicher)1515086295.0
Iguanas are native to Central and South America, and they start to slow down when temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
@wsvn There’s been an #iguana living in my parents yard in Miami for last 2 years. We found him like this today- We… https://t.co/POtAeTAhgD— Geoff Campbell (MiamiGator) (@Geoff Campbell (MiamiGator))1515117704.0
As of right now, though, there is no rescue effort planned for the iguanas.
@wsvn The iguana fared well but he has another cold night ahead! https://t.co/zR0PFI7Oku— Kay Pavkovich (@Kay Pavkovich)1515106405.0