Remember when Game of Thrones was all like, "Winter is coming"? Yeah, well, winter is officially here. Due to a little thing called climate change, extreme weather conditions of all types are becoming more and more common. This January, the Midwest began experiencing a "polar vortex," which is pretty much as sinister as it sounds. A polar vortex is a swirling mass of strong winds that bring extremely cold temperatures. This is literally arctic air that is traveling south to the United States and bearing down on populated places like Chicago and the entire state of Michigan.
I mean, we are talking record-breaking low temperatures (can you say negative 50 degrees? probably not because your teeth are too bust chattering) that feel even colder thanks to a gnarly wind chill factor. People were not designed to exist in temperatures as cold as these. Some are braving the intense cold to snap pictures that prove just how cold it is.
Jon Snow?!More like Jon Ice and Wind and Insane, Below Freezing Temperatures!!
Exploding tankYeah, I don't think that's supposed to happen to your toilet. What do you even do when this happens? That whole toilet's busted.
The Day After Tomorrow
My God. We've reached The Day After Tomorrow. #SnowSquall #PolarVortex #PolarVotex2019 https://t.co/qVVXZkw95Y— Jacopo della Quercia (@Jacopo della Quercia)1548913443.0
Frozen bubbles! #chiberia #Chicago #PolarVortex2019 https://t.co/1CAHZnxDtu— myname (@myname)1548944452.0
Train track fires
It's so cold in Chicago that workers are setting fire to railroad tracks just to keep the trains moving. The extrem… https://t.co/70dBzwbLsy— CNN (@CNN)1548864695.0
Freezing our pants off. #minnesota #PolarVotex2019 https://t.co/LiJyI9TJh1— Greg Swan (@Greg Swan)1548891009.0
Icy TPI have to admit that I thought about what it would be like to use this toilet paper, and I giggled a little. I'm sure this admission won't come back to haunt me.
The ice is inside
When these are the INSIDE doors...you know we are Polar Vortexing 🥶 #PolarVotex2019 https://t.co/ZiP1Fw4UBK— Heidi Miler (@Heidi Miler)1548939426.0
From the inside
#chiberia #PolarVortex2019 update, got so cold last night that our #svedkavodka froze! For reference the freezing p… https://t.co/g52U7ZDGJp— Kathleen Dieman (@Kathleen Dieman)1548950361.0
My brother was on one of the few flights into Chicago this morning. He took this photo of frozen Lake Michigan from… https://t.co/9rSnz2deIt— David Funk (@David Funk)1548869863.0
My parents sent me this pic of our peephole (FROM THE INDOOR SIDE) Happy #PolarVortex https://t.co/3QX73GZkkR— chronically chill 🧃 (@chronically chill 🧃)1548950035.0