Cold wave in Midwest US is beautiful and brutal
Bengaluru, Jan 31: The deadly cold waves known as 'Polar Vortex' in the United States are described by the Oneindia columnist Srinath Bhalle as "horrible, horrific" as Antarctica has been warmer than America's mid-west. The columnist sarcastically says that the US politics has kept the people warm in the such winters.
"The ordeal is unexplainable if the temperature falls below minus degree, but can't imagine what happens if the temperatures drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Eyeballs may freeze in such harsh conditions. Fortunately, the government is concerned about the homeless people in US. If not, they would not have been able to survive for more than an hour, " says Bhalle.
Another Kannadiga, Gautam Narayan, a resident of Minnesota, said in some cases, the temperature reached minus 70 degrees in the middle and West of the United States due to the depression at the North Pole.
Sukanya Sugi, a resident of Chicago, has sent several videos showing how hot water is instantly frozen to snow. It's astonishing to see the boiling water being frozen to ice cubes. The Polar Vortex has changed waterfalls, rivers, and the lakes into icebergs. Roads are completely covered with heavy snowfall. Within two days 63 inches snowfall has been recorded.
As a precaution, schools are closed in Kentucky State. The Kentucky Governor protested against the holidays to school, saying "How can we get so timid?". In response, one of Kentucky's teachers challenged the Governor to wear schoolgirls' dress and sit at a bus stop for half-an-hour.
People are clicking pictures of the phenomenon and the same are circulated on social media platforms. The New York City is covered with snow, Niagara Falls has fallen silent due to ice-jam. The only recorded freeze-up of the river and falls were due to an ice jam on March 29, 1848. Although the falls commonly ice up most winters, the river and the falls do not freeze completely. The years 1885, 1902, 1906, 1911, 1932, 1936, 2014 and 2017 are noted for the falls icing up. In 1912, much of the water coming over the American Falls froze, though a trickle still ran and the falls ran at the other two sites.