If you’re lucky enough to live in one of those magical places where winter is barely a thing, you may not know just how cold it is in some parts of the world right now. I’m not just talking about your classic winter wonderlands either. Yes, Antarctica, Siberia, Alaska, and The Poles are all as cold as ever, but this year a few unusual places are experiencing a bone-chilling cold.
The polar vortex being driven from the north down to the American Midwest has made it practically impossible to do, well, anything if you live between the Dakotas and New England. Record low temperatures shut down airports, trains, buses, schools, businesses, and even power in many homes. Cities are suffering an unprecedented cold they were not prepared for, and now all they can do is wait.
Well, waiting gets old pretty quickly. To avoid cabin fever, many Midwest residents have started experimenting to test the limits of the polar vortex. The most popular trend to emerge, and probably most startling, is freezing jeans to make it look like there’s an invisible man standing in them.
It’s really cold in the Midwest right now.
Shot on iPhone XR - Frozen Lake Michigan after the Polar Vortex. #ShotOniPhone https://t.co/gR51ngQLji— Kelly Justic (@Kelly Justic)1549054470.0
The record-breaking temperatures are a result of a polar vortex.
Here’s the polar vortex from NASA’s heat-mapping satellite https://t.co/cOL35UaAL4— UberFacts (@UberFacts)1549132320.0
Now Chicago is colder than Antarctica.
❄️ Polar vortex puts US Midwest in a deep freeze — in pictures https://t.co/r17Pw9iRh0 https://t.co/5fbvPsfw2g— Al Jazeera English (@Al Jazeera English)1549076418.0
The cold front completely froze a waterfall.
This 53-foot waterfall in Minnesota is now frozen solid #PolarVortex https://t.co/qVJFmp2JeE— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Bloomberg Quicktake)1549122009.0
People are calling Chicago "Chiberia."
Chiberia. Lake Michigan at -50 degrees. 1.30.19 #chiberia2019 #Chicagoweather #PolarVotex #RogersPark https://t.co/JC76BJHMJ7— Jake Pie (@Jake Pie)1548877397.0
People are trying everything to stay warm.
We made a breakthrough in insulating techniques this morning. #PolarVortex #Chicago https://t.co/Ljd36JXNZY— Jim Hambleton (@Jim Hambleton)1548867962.0
But the vortex isn’t stopping at the door.
How cold is it? Here's 1000 words below zero lmao #coldweather #frozen #PolarVotex2019 #PolarVortex #toilets… https://t.co/lOIoyzx1KF— Kaya VIP Nightlife (@Kaya VIP Nightlife)1548908300.0
If you can’t beat the cold, eat it?
It’s was so cold in Chicago Wednesday (-52° windchill), James David turned a bowl of spaghetti into a frozen art sc… https://t.co/mUHJXL6UIl— Joyce Peterson (@Joyce Peterson)1548966606.0
Some of their experiments are pretty beautiful.
Effect of #Polarvortex on soap bubble https://t.co/MGK1nAFRBY— Tarun Bhardwaj (@Tarun Bhardwaj)1549096778.0
Others are even more beautiful.
“Is Iowa really THAT cold?” https://t.co/htxSZzy2QB— Taylor Scallon (@Taylor Scallon)1548897012.0
One of the wildest trends to emerge from the vortex is the frozen jeans movement.It’s so cold that these jeans are standing up all on their own, no sticks or strings included.
Here’s how they do it.
This is the #Mpls technique for #Frozenpants #boldnorth https://t.co/asRpIC0QDc— Tom Grotting (@Tom Grotting)1548546264.0
It really is more like sweats weather, anyway.
@DylanDreyerNBC Did you happen to see any frozen pants like this while you were here?? It’s actually a thing here w… https://t.co/MXDLdjAnQm— Jo Vaughn (@Jo Vaughn)1548864506.0
You might get tired of standing around in the cold.So take a load off an enjoy a good book in this cozy weather.
Or go outside and get your blood pumping.The best goalie is famously one that cannot move, as long as you’re on the opposing team.
You can even freeze yourself a boyfriend.If you didn’t lock one down before cuffing season started.
Or just put your old pants to work.Although having your jeans do your chores does kind of feel like the beginning of a Goosebumps novel...
Confirmed, my fear instincts were right on.I feel like this is supposed to be cute, but it's actually straight-up terrifying.
Many are trying to make the most of the bitter cold.
When the anonymous stranger who booked hotel rooms for homeless people during polar vortex turns out not to be a Ch… https://t.co/8A0UjSmIeY— Mackenzie Mays (@Mackenzie Mays)1549047829.0
Fortunately, good samaritans like Candice Payne are taking action.After seeing fellow Chicagoans suffering on the street in sub-zero temperatures, Payne spontaneously paid for hotel rooms to ensure they had a safe place to sleep.
Payne’s actions started a movement.
Wow, I’m so inspired by Candice and grateful for all that she and so many others did to save lives and keep people… https://t.co/Md9gbqlLue— Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth)1549124640.0
Others have been inspired by her act of kindness.
After one woman paid for hotel rooms for homeless people in Chicago during the polar vortex, an army of strangers… https://t.co/OpbGBxGqsQ— CNN (@CNN)1549050006.0
Clearly, this is no weather to be caught outside in.
Polar Vortex: Aerial photos of frozen Chicago, Niagara Falls and New England https://t.co/brRlO9UZK4 https://t.co/yyGnA6QEqL— Newsweek (@Newsweek)1549109706.0
But the polar vortex affected states remain hopeful.
When it's cold, you can see the bird's song! #PolarVortex #Nature https://t.co/2akQ0kGjwM— Dianne Sherman (@Dianne Sherman)1549070027.0
According to our favorite prophetic groundhog, spring is just around the corner.
"A beautiful spring it shall be!" Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on Groundhog Day, and so winter's days ar… https://t.co/vQGqCuM2Jr— CBS News (@CBS News)1549123817.0