Arctic Blast

A Polar Vortex Hits the Midwest by Brea Persing


Have you ever heard the expression, “Yes, when Hell freezes over!”? Well, it did. Hell, Michigan that is. We’re up here in Indiana, but Michigan isn’t really that far away.

The Polar Vortex was COLD! We're talking -46ºF windchill in northern Indiana on Wednesday, January 30. It was colder here than at the North Pole in Antarctica and nearly as cold as the top of Mount Everest! Schools and flights were cancelled, businesses were closed and the grocery stores were empty. There were even some areas that called a “State of Emergency” to keep people off the streets. Google “Michigan Lighthouse Freezes Over”. It was crazy.

There were some brave souls that still went to work beyond emergency personnel, but not many. Thank you to all of those that worked to keep us safe and warm…police officers, firemen, linemen, furnace guys, EMTs, and so many more. Our dogs, on the other hand, didn't care about how cold it was. They were outside playing and refused to come inside most of the time. They just laid in the snow and took in the sun and wind. They loved it! When we had our fireplace going, our one dog would just pant and begging to go back outside.

As I scrolled Facebook, while taking a break from working, I saw videos of families and business folk alike taking boiling water and throwing it up in the air to freeze instantly. It was pretty neat. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just check this video out on


As for me, I took my camera outside while my dad blew bubbles to see if they would freeze too. They did! And so did my glasses. I couldn't see a thing! It was fun though. The bubbles dropped to the ground pretty quickly, not floating in the air as long as they normally would, and they rolled over the snow, not “melting”. And because they landed so much quicker, it was harder to get good photos, especially with frosted up four eyes, but I did manage to get a few good ones.

It was definitely an experience and a good story to share with younger generations in the future, but I hope it doesn’t happen again in my lifetime.