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Heavy Snowfall Causes Near Whiteout Conditions in Newquay, Cornwall37s

Heavy Snowfall Causes Near Whiteout Conditions in Newquay, Cornwall

Heavy snowfall blanketed a beach in Newquay, Cornwall, in southwest England, on January 31. Cornwall Airport Newquay closed for over an hour on the same day due to the snow. The UK Met Office issued an Amber snow warning, advising people to avoid certain roads in southwest England. Credit: @davidhtattoo via Storyful

Heavy Snowfall Blankets Newquay Beach34s

Heavy Snowfall Blankets Newquay Beach

Heavy snowfall blanketed Newquay, England, on January 31. Cornwall Airport in Newquay closed for over an hour on the same day due to the snow. The UK Met Office issued an Amber snow warning, advising people to avoid certain roads in south west England. Credit: @emziebee27 via Storyful

Steam Floats Over Frozen Lake Ontario as Temperatures Drop35s

Steam Floats Over Frozen Lake Ontario as Temperatures Drop

Steam rose off a frigid Lake Ontario near Burlington, Canada, on Thursday morning, January 31, after a polar vortex delivered subzero temperatures to parts of Canada and the United States. Video captured at Spencer Smith Park shows steam rising off the lake due to the difference in temperature between the water and air. The Canadian government issued a weather warning on Thursday, indicating temperatures would hover near -30 degrees Fahrenheit due to wind chill. The advisory forecast improvement on Friday, with “milder air” moving into the area. Credit: Elizabeth Sytsma via Storyful

Lake Superior Freezes in Huge Chunks as Minnesotans Shiver Through Subzero Temperatures35s

Lake Superior Freezes in Huge Chunks as Minnesotans Shiver Through Subzero Temperatures

Lake Superior steamed and iced over near Duluth, Minnesota, on January 30 after subzero temperatures descended on the US and Canada. Video posted to Instagram shows ice near the shore of Lake Superior as temperatures fell under -20 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday. Forecasters reported conditions felt even colder with wind chills put the temperature closer to -50 degrees. The string of extreme cold days in Minnesota was caused by a polar vortex that impacted the Midwest this week. Credit: Richard Narum via Storyful

Microwave Freezes as Temperatures Hit Record Lows in Chicago38s

Microwave Freezes as Temperatures Hit Record Lows in Chicago

Residents of Chicago, Illinois, woke to record-low temperatures on Thursday morning, January 31. Weather reports from the National Weather Service measured the temperature in the city at a frigid -21 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city on the date. As a result of the subzero temperatures, Chicagoans experienced icing within their heated homes. One video posted to Twitter shows how moisture in the back of a microwave froze overnight. Credit: @OrlichJackie via Storyful

'Smoke' Rises Off Lake Ontario as Temperatures Plummet to -30 Degrees48s

'Smoke' Rises Off Lake Ontario as Temperatures Plummet to -30 Degrees

Smoke appeared to rise off a frigid Lake Ontario near Oakville, Canada, on Thursday morning, January 31, after a polar vortex delivered sub zero temperatures to parts of Canada and the United States. The “smoke” is actually sea fog, a phenomenon occurs in frigid temperatures when a patch of cold air passes over warmer water. Video posted to Instagram shows the sea fog rising against the backdrop of a crystal clear sky and blue water. The Canadian government issued a weather warning on Thursday, indicating temperatures would hover near -30 degrees Fahrenheit due to wind chill. The advisory forecast on Friday predicted “milder air” moving into the area. Credit: @plumleafpress via Storyful

Office Workers Push Start Ambulance Stuck on Icy Road51s

Office Workers Push Start Ambulance Stuck on Icy Road

Office workers from a legal firm gave a helping hand by push starting an ambulance that had become stuck on an icy road in Altrincham, England, on January 30, after snow fell across the north of the UK during the night and into the morning. Yellow warnings for snow and ice were in place for almost all of the UK, with roads and schools closed in Scotland and Wales. Manchester Airport was shut due to snow accumulating on the airport’s two runways overnight. Credit: Richard Lloyd/Myerson Solicitors via Storyful

Heavy Rainfall Causes Fatal Floods in Saudi Arabia4m34s

Heavy Rainfall Causes Fatal Floods in Saudi Arabia

Twelve people were killed as floods swept though the east coast of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Civil Defense reported on January 30. Ten of the deaths occurred in Tabuk, they said. The organization added that 271 people were rescued, with the majority of the rescue operations taking place in Tabuk. The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned of continued rain in the area on January 29. Footage here is said to show flooding in the Tabuk region. Credit: @0King9 via Storyful

Camels Huddle as Deadly Floodwaters Sweep Across Eastern Saudi Arabia3m08s

Camels Huddle as Deadly Floodwaters Sweep Across Eastern Saudi Arabia

Twelve people were killed as floods swept though the east coast of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Civil Defense reported on January 30. Ten of the deaths occurred in Tabuk, they said. The organization added that 271 people were rescued, with the majority of the rescue operations taking place in Tabuk. The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned of continued rain in the area on January 29. Footage here is said to show flooding in the Tabuk region. A herd of camels is seen huddling together as water streams by. Credit: @abotmeem_ via Storyful

Water Bomber Fights Fire as Blazes Rage Across Tasmania1m37s

Water Bomber Fights Fire as Blazes Rage Across Tasmania

Firefighters continued to battle out-of-control blazes raging across Tasmania, on Thursday, January 31. Emergency services worked on over 30 bushfires in the Southwest, Central Plateau and West Coast regions. Five fires remained at an emergency alert level on Thursday. One out-of-control blaze, over 56,000 hectares in size, consumed three homes, the Tasmania Fire Service said. In this video, shared with Storyful by firefighter Alex Eldridge, a water bomber drops its load on the Gell River fire at Celtic Hill, Strathgordon, in the state’s South West region. Other photos show fires burning at Gell River and Miena, in the state’s Central Highlands district. “Its a once in a lifetime fire event for the state, and has impacted so many peoples lives,” Eldridge told Storyful. While firefighters were successful in downgrading some blazes, others, including the fires threatening the Geeveston and Castle Forbes Bay communities, were expected to worsen, the TFS said. Credit: Alex Eldridge via Storyful

Timelapse Shows Snow Squall Blanketing Midtown Manhattan43s

Timelapse Shows Snow Squall Blanketing Midtown Manhattan

A snow squall swept quickly through Midtown Manhattan on January 30, whipping snow through New York City’s streets before clearing. This footage shows the squall darken Sixth Avenue outside Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Rob McDonagh via Storyful

Snowstorm Brings Near-Whiteout Conditions to Fairfield37s

Snowstorm Brings Near-Whiteout Conditions to Fairfield

A snow squall brought wind gusts and near-whiteout conditions as it moved through Fairfield, New Jersey, on January 30. The town was among several eastern areas stretching from Pennsylvania to Connecticut that were blanketed by squalls that afternoon. Credit: Gilberto Pereira via Storyful

Polio Workers Trek Through Heavy Snow to Deliver Vaccines in Pakistan50s

Polio Workers Trek Through Heavy Snow to Deliver Vaccines in Pakistan

Polio workers trekked through snow that was four-feet deep to deliver vaccinations to children in Pakistan in January, local media reported. Footage here shows Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative employee Irfanullah, from Swat, making his way through the snow. The footage was widely shared on social media under the hashtag #SalamPolioWorker. Several feet of snow was reported in Swat by BBC Urdu on January 23. Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, met with Irfanullah on January 30, local media reported. Pakistan is one of three polio-endemic countries in the world, according to the Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative. Eight cases of polio were reported in the country in 2017, having fallen from approximately 20,000 cases per year in the 1990s, the organization said. Credit: @PakFightsPolio via Storyful

Lansing Gripped by Frigid Weather Conditions During Snow Emergency9s

Lansing Gripped by Frigid Weather Conditions During Snow Emergency

Lansing, Michigan, experienced temperatures in the negatives on Wednesday, January 30, as a snow emergency was declared in the region, the Lansing State Journal reported. News reports said the snow emergency shut down government offices and prohibited all non-essential travel on city roads, for safety. This footage, filmed by homebuilder and YouTube tool reviewer Mark Thomas, shows a glimpse of the area’s frigid conditions. Credit: markthomasbuilder via Storyful

Minnesotans Turn Boiling Water Into Ice Amid Polar Vortex31s

Minnesotans Turn Boiling Water Into Ice Amid Polar Vortex

Residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, braved temperatures at least 30 degrees below zero on Tuesday night, January 29, to capture a classic trick – throwing boiling water into the Arctic-cold air to instantly transform it into ice. In a video posted to Instagram, a Minneapolis woman captures the seemingly magical transformation as a man throws a cup of hot water into the air. Temperatures in the Midwest dropped to historic lows on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service released a warning on Wednesday morning, advising that temperatures would fall to 30 degrees below zero. According to the release, wind chills would further add to the cold, creating conditions equivalent to 35-60 degrees below. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation has also advised drivers to avoid traveling due to blowing snow. Credit: Dawn Piburn via Storyful

Kinetic Scultpure Shifts in the Falling Snow at Penn State35s

Kinetic Scultpure Shifts in the Falling Snow at Penn State

A kinetic sculpture at the Palmer Museum of Art made a mesmerizing scene, moving eerily in the snowfall at Penn State University as classes were canceled due to weather conditions on January 30. A wind chill advisory was put in place by the US National Weather Service station at State College as they warned that wind could cause frostbite within 30 minutes. The Palmer Museum of Art said that the piece, called Breaking Column III, was mesmerizing in the snow. At least for those who could “stand the cold long enough to watch it!” Credit: Palmer Museum of Art/SAW Photography via Storyful

Snow Squall Causes Whiteout Conditions in Maryland52s

Snow Squall Causes Whiteout Conditions in Maryland

A snow squall struck Frederick County, Maryland, on January 30, blowing snow and causing whiteout conditions. Video taken in the early afternoon on Wednesday shows strong winds whipping snow sideways as it fell. The squall is the second quick and violent storm in as many days in the Capital region. The National Weather Service advised that an arctic cold front would be accompanied by “brief and intense snow showers.” Winds were forecast to gust up to 50 miles per hour on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Zak Brisko via Storyful

Timelapse Shows Snow Squall Rolling Over Penn State56s

Timelapse Shows Snow Squall Rolling Over Penn State

A snow squall rolled in over Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, on January 30, as it swept across eastern and central areas of the state, including Harrisburg, Bloomsburg, and York, according to the National Weather Service. The State College Area School District said it was cancelling all after-school activities due to “rapidly falling temperatures and frigid wind chill.” Credit: David Munyan via Storyful

'Wall of Ice Steam' Rises From Lake Michigan as Polar Vortex Hits Chicago44s

'Wall of Ice Steam' Rises From Lake Michigan as Polar Vortex Hits Chicago

Steam fog from Lake Michigan rose over the Chicago shoreline on January 30 as record low temperatures were detected at O’Hare Airport. The cold spell, attributed to a polar vortex, prompted authorities to effect a wind-chill warning for the Chicago area until noon on January 31. The steam fog coming off the lake is a phenomenon that can occur at low temperatures, when the temperature of the air is lower than that of the water or ice below. Credit: Susana Leyva via Storyful

Steam Rises From Chicago River as Temperatures Plummet51s

Steam Rises From Chicago River as Temperatures Plummet

As a polar vortex moved toward Chicago on January 29, bringing with it some record low temperatures, locals were treated to the spectacle of the Chicago River “smoking”. A video tweeted by Jason Williams shows the river with wisps of steam fog rising from its frigid waters. The phenomenon can occur in winter when the temperature of the air is lower than that of the water below. “Won’t you step into the freezer?” Williams wrote alongside the footage. Credit: Jason Williams via Storyful

Snow and Ice Alerts Across France12s

Snow and Ice Alerts Across France

Snow, ice and wind alerts were in place across France on January 30, with snow expected to be most severe in the department of Aveyron in southern France. A total of 43 departments were reported to be affected by the severe weather conditions, with a risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees. This footage shows a rural landscape in France covered in snow. Credit: @LeventhorpeMFL via Storyful

Man Uses Skis on Manchester Road as Snow Hits City34s

Man Uses Skis on Manchester Road as Snow Hits City

A man used skis to traverse snow- and ice-covered roads in Manchester on January 30, after snow fell across the north of the UK during the night and into the morning. Yellow warnings for snow and ice were in place for almost all of the UK, with roads and schools closed in Scotland and Wales. Manchester Airport was shut due to snow that had accumulated on the airport’s two runways overnight. The airport tweeted that snow clearance would take until 9.30 that morning. Travelers stuck in grounded planes shared video and photos of the process. Credit: gabisanderson via Storyful

Surfer Drops In To Backyard Break After Queensland Floods1m02s

Surfer Drops In To Backyard Break After Queensland Floods

A surfer got gnarly in a flooded yard in Townsville, Queensland after the region was hit by severe rainfall on Wednesday, January 30. In this video, shared to Instagram, a man glides across a flooded backyard on a surfboard as an excited dog bounds alongside him. A number of properties in the area were flooded after Wednesday’s storm dumped 108mm of rain in the region. A property in Bluewater, north of Townsville, was also flooded, as was another residence at Yabulu, the ABC reported. The Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland issued a warning for flash flooding in the area and said the heavy rainfall would continue. Credit: @chele_bero via Storyful

Chicago Rail Crews Actually Burn Tracks to Deal With Arctic Blast39s

Chicago Rail Crews Actually Burn Tracks to Deal With Arctic Blast

The sparks are flying—literally!—in this eerily beautiful video footage of fires lit on the tracks of Chicago’s famed El train this week, meant to keep the trains running during the worst cold snap to hit the area in almost a generation. The Arctic blast that struck Chicago on January 28th and 29th was described by the National Weather Service as “brutal, historic, and potentially life-threatening.” No kidding! We’ve heard reports that the temperatures dropped into double digits below zero—that it’s so cold, mere minutes of exposure to the air can cause frostbite to set in. That’s cold! The footage in this video shows sections of burning railway on Chicago’s Union Pacific West Line on Monday, January 28th. Chicago’s Metra railway authority, charged with the task of keeping the trains running, and safe from pull-aparts (which can cause derailment and serious injury to passengers), no matter how unforgiving the weather might get, explained the track fires and the science behind them in an Instagram post on January 21st: “Pull-aparts are rail defects in which two rails separate at their connection. They occur in extreme cold when the metal shrinks and the rails literally pull apart from each other. How Metra forces make repairs is by warming the metal with fire until it expands and the two rails can be reconnected.” By around 6:50pm local time on Tuesday the 29th, the National Weather Service in Chicago said that temperatures in Rockford, Illinois, fell below zero between 3pm and 4pm, and would most likely not rise above zero until Friday morning, at the earliest. The temperature recorded at Chicago O’Hare Airport also reached sub-zero temperatures before 6pm, and the National Weather Service noted that the temps would stay that cold until Thursday, if not longer. The result? This unexpectedly lovely video—all shades of blue, gray, and white, the calming tranquility of which is periodically broken by bright orange flames licking up from the train tracks. It’s definitely hypnotizing, as fire usually is for us humans, and we’re sure that Chicago area commuters, making the long trek to work in the unforgiving cold, appreciated this little spark of visual and literal warmth to accompany them on their voyage. It’s the little things in life, after all. Still, we’re pretty sure they’ll be even happier once the temperatures finally warm up enough that lighting the tracks on fire is no longer necessary.

Floodwaters Rush Through Valley in Saudi Arabia8m08s

Floodwaters Rush Through Valley in Saudi Arabia

The east coast of Saudi Arabia was affected by flooding in late January, Gulf 365 reported. The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned of continued rain in the area on January 29. The areas most affected by the flooding included Mecca, Medina, Tabuk, and Ha’il, according to MENA FN. A Sudanese resident of Saudi Arabia died during floods near Media, the Saudi Civil Defense reported. Footage here is said to show floodwaters rushing through a valley near Tabuk. Credit: Mu’asasat wa-Estudiohat Sawt al-Shamal via Storyful