Usually found in the North Pole, the polar vortex is the name for a band of strong winds, found higher up in the atmosphere. They lock the freezing air into the Arctic areas. Sometimes, there is a disturbance and the vortex moves down South. This phenomenon had given America a particularly freezing winter in 2014.
And this year, the vortex has broken into two parts and America is now facing the coldest weather the continent has ever seen, with some states recording temperatures lower than that of Antarctica. Even in such a situation, some Americans have managed to see the lighter side of things.
Here are 10 photos that show the cold weather of America.
1. Frozen Toilet
Someone in Wisconsin woke up one day and found that their toilet had turned into ice overnight. Definitely not a pleasant sight when you’re going to the bathroom in the mornings. Brrr!
2. An Extra Door
A delicate film of ice formed on this person’s car and it came off with the door when they opened it. It’s so thin but also really strong. And its perfect shape when it came off is actually quite satisfying to look at.
3. New Sources Of Heat
In this cold weather, you need to make the most with what sources of heat you have but this might be a little too much. Keeping the burner on and letting a fan blow heat across the room is not only a hazardous thing to do but it is also a tremendous wastage of both electricity and fuel.
4. Brand New Eyelashes
Imagine what it must be like when it is so cold that your eyelashes freeze! Here’s a picture of nature giving someone a brand new look. This is the very definition of ‘going natural’.
5. Standalone Pants
The temperature in Minnesota is so low that these pants were frozen stiff. They don’t need anything to hold them up. But this can get creepy at night for unsuspecting people driving by.
6. Hard Frozen Eggs
Do you know how frustrating it is sometimes when you’ve boiled an egg but can’t peel it properly? In America, that’s not a cause of worrying anymore because the eggs are frozen solid and you don’t even need to boil them to get that perfect round shape. The sight of these eggs melting on the pan must be so much fun to watch!
7. Aesthetic Toilet paper
The person reaching for this role after using the toilet is in for a nasty surprise. As pretty as it looks, using this toilet paper cannot be a pleasant experience.
8. Sheet Of Ice
Thanks to the freezing cold temperatures, the Detroit River is now a sheet of ice and it’s frozen up till Canada. It makes for a picturesque view but it can’t be comfortable to live there.
9. Lacking A Dryer
This guy tried to dry his clothes by hanging them on the line outside and when he went to check on them, they were frozen stiff! They’re definitely ruined now.
10. Frying An Egg
We’ve seen a lot of videos of people frying eggs in the sun in particularly hot weather. This person did the opposite and decided to figure out how much time it would take for the egg to freeze solid.