This week, the United States and Canada are experiencing the chilling effects of Snow Storm Hercules.
On January 6, it was colder in Chicago than it was at the South Pole.
Chicago was sitting at a balmy -18 F, while the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station was -11 F. Granted, it is currently summer down there, but still... South Pole.
And it was colder in parts of Canada then it was on the surface of Mars.
The town of South Porcupine, Ontario reached -41 F.
Cold enough to make boiling water shot from a super soaker freeze almost instantly.
And Cleveland broke record temperature lows which had previously stood for 130 years.
Cold enough to make you want to use your Christmas tree as firewood.
It's made commuting a nightmare...
... and bearded men everywhere are suffering the storm's wrath.
Just hours after being sworn in, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio went to shovel his sidewalk.
Flights are being grounded all over the country...
That, or this plane just got back from Colorado.
... leaving passengers stranded.
Some people have been waiting as long as five days in airports across the Midwest.
The storm is causing real feels to be felt everywhere.
But at least some people still found a way to have fun.
Like this guy.
Russia sends its condolences regarding our frozen plight.
And also laughs because this is like a weekend in July for them.
The culprit is a weather phenomenon called a "polar vortex," which sounds like a wizard spell from Diablo III.
In reality, it's arctic wind dipping farther south than usual. Since arctic wind blows counterclockwise across the globe, and southern wind blows clockwise, it creates a gigantic spinning hurricane of freezing awfulness. Thanks, Obama.
From space, it's making the planet look downright eerie.
"Haha, suckers! Bet you wish you had a big fur coat!"
We should have listened to Ned Stark...
But even the King in the North could agree with us on one thing: