I don't know if you've heard, but the world is basically freezing over. Okay, well mostly the Midwest, but it's still absolutely freezing. Temperatures were at an all-time low, frostbite was dangerously common and residents were trapped in their homes for days until temperatures rose to a bearable level.
Could there possibly be any good news in the midst of these extreme temperatures? Science and nature say yes, and we are about to prove it to you.
Due to the freezing temperatures, the polar vortex has shown a very rare solar phenomenon called "Sundogs," and these guys are taking peoples' breath away. Photos have been spreading fast across the internet of this natural phenomenon and people are really enjoying capturing this glimmer of beauty and hope during this harsh winter season. Prepare to be blinded by beauty because these brilliant Sundogs are the silver lining to these crazy winter storms.
Yes, our earth has frozen over.
The polar vortex has made its home in the states.both of the Earth’s pole, causing extreme temperatures.
Someone must have upset Elsa.
Boiling water didn't even stand a chance.In cities like Chicago, residents were throwing boiling water into the air and watched as it turned into icy vapor in just seconds.
Freeze your pants off, literally.For some reason, these frozen temperatures were bringing out everyone's inner scientist. This Minneapolis man used the cold as an excuse to freeze some pants and set them up to take some crazy pictures.
I have goosebumps just looking at these photos.
But there's beauty in spite of it all.
Have you ever heard of a "Sundog"?
It's a solar phenomenon!
The polar vortex that has brought deadly cold and record-breaking low temperatures to the Midwest has also resulted… https://t.co/yNfWeZKw32— TIME (@TIME)1548975610.0
How unbelievably beautiful is this?!
Sundogs, a sun pillar and 22° halo... oh my. You can see them all in this great shot from this morning in Spring Gr… https://t.co/qDeHY3lgDG— Bill Graul (@Bill Graul)1548898177.0
We've got a lot of Sundog chasers.
An impressive display this morning in the sky! Lots of you have sent these sundogs in this morning. It happens fr… https://t.co/CXOPya3zwu— Garry Frank (@Garry Frank)1548942605.0
They happen all over the world, wherever it gets cold.If you've got snow, there's a good chance you have a Sundog somewhere near you.
It's beauty is almost blinding.
Look at those happy trees.
Impressive looking sundogs this evening in Nashville from Laurie. These develop a lot more this time of the year b… https://t.co/YA8vJJxJuh— Garry Frank (@Garry Frank)1548888556.0
I think Bob would approve.
Even if it's cloudy, you can still see the halo.
Check out these dueling #sundogs I spotted in Grand Rapids, a type of halo produced by refracted light in our froze… https://t.co/VHNgD1R9Rf— Brody Carter (@Brody Carter)1548941945.0
Nature is truly amazing.
Sun dogs from our loyal viewers across #WestMichigan! Absolutely fantastic! #wwmt #wmiwx #arcticfreeze (credit: Tam… https://t.co/N8A2lcPw5D— Jeff Porter (@Jeff Porter)1548944083.0
So why are they called "Sundogs"?
Actually, no, there's no reason at all.Wonderopolis.
Maybe scientists really love dogs.
Is there such a thing as a "Moondog"?
Yes, Moondogs are a thing!
It usually only happens when it's a full moon.
My first #moondog just now #StormHour #photohour #photography https://t.co/kJLMHoHRtK— Sine Nomine (@Sine Nomine)1547918361.0
But there's also this Moondog.
Well, I really love this Moondog too.
Look at this pug moon!
Back to Sundogs.
Seen at our office: Fine ice crystals falling at the edge of lake-effect snow showers creating a light pillar above… https://t.co/5gy1KVlykH— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWS Grand Rapids)1548943089.0
It takes the sting out of these negative temperatures.
Heck. Yes. #iawx #PolarVortex2019 https://t.co/5r4ph1JP6s— Nick Stewart (@Nick Stewart)1548858762.0
This Sundog is just showing off.
Yestetdays Sun Dogs from Bemidji MN https://t.co/89k1njcpsT— Tammy Cartwright (@Tammy Cartwright)1549019330.0
One more, for the road.
Extreme cold made for some spectacular shots like this pair of sun dogs & halo w/ morning sun in Mason City, Iowa!… https://t.co/553Elka1dA— Chris Suchan (@Chris Suchan)1548873344.0