The polar vortex left the lake in Michigan frozen and it looked beautiful. The ice has now broken up into shards and the imagery looks surreal!
For the most part of this winter, the lake in Michigan has been frozen thanks to the polar vortex. The temperatures dropped to a record low this winter with the temperatures in Chicago dropping to minus 30-degree Celcius, which is as cold as it gets on the coast of Antarctica! People weren't able to walk outside without being wrapped in several layers of clothing. People were even asked to try and not talk a lot while outside or take heavy breaths because it would affect their health. It was that cold that ice hills were formed from waves. However, everything in life eventually comes to an end. It's to welcome the spring and with the season comes warmth. This warmth is starting to break the ice down slowly, now, the ice is all shattered and slowly melting. The best part about the warmth of the spring is the beautiful view of the shattering ice. It looks like we're in the movie Frozen in the middle of an ice battle.
It looks almost as though Elsa went beserk in Michigan!
The warmth of spring is helping in melting the ice back into the lake it used to be. The moving water under the ice is the reason why the ice is shattering. The water under the ice is moving the sheets to the surface, resulting in all these beautiful patterns that are visible along South Haven's pier. Everyone is excited to see these beautiful patterns and are making trips to go there. However, the coastal guard has warned the people not to get too close. The authorities have requested the people to look at the shattered ice from afar.
The people have been asked to keep their distance because the authorities say that it is dangerous to stand or walk on the unstable surface. “No ice is safe ice especially this time of year,” U.S. Coast Guard BMC Grant Heffner told MLive. “The ice is certainly deteriorating and breaking up.” This year, apparently 56 percent of the Michigan lake was covered in ice. This is the most it has been covered in years!
This is SO COOL (no pun intended lol) A frozen scene on Lake Michigan taken on the final day of Winter! Spring, anyone?! pic.twitter.com/ATZiiDvpDg— Meredith Garofalo (@GarofaloWX) March 20, 2019
This isn't the first time that mother nature has gifted us with such beautiful imagery. Photographers have been watching the lake during the winter season for years.
The Hopewell Indians were one of the first people to ever live in the region we today call Michigan. However, their culture declined by around 800 A.D. For the next few hundred years the region was home to a group of people known as the Lake Woodland Indians. Now, about twelve million people live along Lake Michigan’s shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.
People from across the world have expressed how they feel about the surreal sight on social media.