Most of Canada and North America has entered a cold snap so severe that records are being smashed for the coldest temperatures ever recorded!
In fact, last week Montreal was actually colder than the North Pole, with a recorded temperature of – 23 degrees Celsius. That’s actually colder than Mars! And with the temperatures only set to get worse, strange things are happening. On Friday, temperatures in the northeastern part of the United States hit – 37, while parts of Canada were even colder. Sharks are actually dying because it’s so cold. On Saturday, two sharks washed up on the shores of Cape Cod Bay, and according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, they were likely “stranded on the shore due to cold shock” and died. “These sharks were most likely moving to the south with the warmer water and got caught in the hook of Cape Cod,” the conservancy said. But sharks freezing to death is not even the most shocking thing to have happened! In Ontario, where outdoor New Year’s Eve festivities have already been canceled due to extreme cold weather warnings, the mighty Niagara Falls have frozen solid. Visitors have been braving the elements to snap pictures of the rare event. These temperatures are beyond what is normal, but while Canadians are prepared for the cold, the residents of South Carolina are not. They suffered a rare freezing rain event that shut bridges, which needed to be de-iced. Sadly, in Toledo, the Humane Society is investigating the death of a dog that was found frozen to death on a front porch. The owner of the dog claimed he had left her locked inside of his house with plenty of food, while he was away for a few days. “I don’t know how long she was out there,” Megan Brown, a cruelty investigator with the humane society, said. “She was frozen solid.” Always bring your pets inside during cold weather. Remember, if it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your dog too. Back in Ontario, one Twitter user reported she heard what sounded like a gunshot when she discovered that the cold temperatures had actually shattered the glass in one of her windows. Not only is it absolutely freezing out there, but places are seeing record snowfall amounts, too. Erie, Pensylvania, received a whopping 62.9 inches of snow in just a couple of days, breaking previous snowfall records for the area. Pensylvania National Guard Troops had to be put on alert as crews could not remove the snow fast enough and roads became dangerous and impassable. The city of Erie actually declared a snow emergency! It looks like Canada’s Okanagan Valley will be the next to smash snowfall records, with double the usual amount of snow for an entire month already falling in the area and more snow in the forecast. In Edmonton, it’s so cold that cars are being abandoned after the freezing temperatures caused them to stall or not start. The Canadian Automobile Association claimed that wait times for a tow truck were nearly 17 hours last Thursday. While frostbite warning and extreme weather alerts have gone out across parts of the United States and Canada, at least some people are having a bit of fun. On Friday, researchers at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire posted a video on Facebook showing one their weather observers pouring boiling water from a kettle into the air. Because of the extremely cold air temperature, the water immediately turned to snow. Check out the video below, it’ll be sure to have you craving a hot chocolate by the fireplace in no time!