Dispatches from the Polar Vortex!

the view from my front porch of icicles hanging off our roof, above the snowy tundra that used to be my front yard
The view from my front porch.

Welp, it's still cold: "Monday's temperatures in Chicago were colder than those recorded at the South Pole in Antarctica." That seems reasonable.

UPDATE: My friend Miller took this pic from the window of her Chicago apartment yesterday morning (shared w/ permission):

image of a huge plume of steam rising off the surface of Lake Michigan
That's steam rising off Lake Michigan.

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