What the heck is going on with the weather right now? If you've been paying attention chances are that no matter where in the country you live you've experienced some bizarre weather. The bitter cold that makes normal cold look like child's play in the Midwest is nothing compared to the northeast coast...
Videos of storm footage from the northeast coast of the US has people concerned the world is ending, and considering the actual term being used to describe the utter chaos and cold hitting up there is a "bomb cyclone," you can only really imagine just how bad it is.
But I'll tell you: It's bad. It's not just the typical snow and ice, it's violent, swirling winds, of ice and bone-chilling cold.
This video footage of the "bomb cyclone" hitting Massachusetts will take your breath away.
Chunks of ice, and even an ice machine, were seen floating in flood waters in Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts, today as the bomb cyclone continues to slam the east coast with wind, rain, snow and ice https://t.co/6M35dpZMDq pic.twitter.com/5buzCnvof7— CNN (@CNN) January 5, 2018
And the bomb cyclone is no joke. Like a hurricane but with ice, the epic storms are affecting the entire east coast. The hazardous conditions have left tens of thousands of citizens without electricity (and at a time when they need it desperately,) and blizzards are effectively canceling life. No school, minimal work, dangerous roads.
But seriously, we're not exaggerating when we compare this intense weather to a hurricane. The winds in New York are so extreme that the underground subway stops were filling with snow!
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In fact, the entire north half of the country is waist deep in snow and ice and ice-water-snow chaos.
In Boston, first responders used rubber rescue boats to help people who were trapped by the icy sea waters.
While the weather is absolute chaos, life goes on. People continue to brave the storms to get to and from work, buy groceries, and just... survive.
But what we tend to forget is how these freak storms that disrupt our lives also disrupt other natural balances, like the local wildlife and the local animals. The impact of unusual ice and snow storms has been astronomical to all sorts of biological life.
When frozen sharks are literally washing up as popsicles on the shores of Massachusetts beaches, it's hard to imagine why people are still arguing and debating over the impact of climate change. But then again, President Donald Trump seems to miss the point entirely and continues to furiously tweet about the global warming hoax.
Disturbing Pic of the Day: Frozen sharks keep washing up on Cape Cod. Look for our story on the coming snow hurricane meteorologists are calling the "bomb cyclone" #BombCyclone #bombogenesis @ajenews @AJEnglish pic.twitter.com/fuv9PLnxST— John Hendren (@johnhendren) January 3, 2018
While it is normal for the coldest month of the year in Florida to be January, it's certainly still a far cry from the crazy weather Florida has been getting this chilly season. Normally, January in Florida features "bone chilling" temps of roughly 16°C (61°F,) but not this year! No, 2018 is kicking off with a freak cold front landing temperatures vastly lower. Southern Florida was looking at temps as low as the 40's (F!) Don't be mistaken if you happen to be someone used to much colder climates, a 20° (F) difference is quite significant, especially for people completely unprepared for such low temps!
So while sharks are popping up frozen in Massachusetts, Florida seems to be having their own problem with iguanas!
These little lizard fellas love the tropical, year-round warmth of Florida and their home in the trees of the southern, sunshine state has always served them well.
But lately the cold has had chilling consequences, freezing the iguanas!
But don't worry, the frozen iguanas may be falling from the trees but they're not dead! Phew, of course! The photos go from morbid to, well, hilarious, knowing that the little lizards will live through the debacle.
As temperatures reach below 40F, lizards are freezing solid in the trees... and plummeting to the ground.
Where is Elsa when you need her?
The scene at my backyard swimming pool this 40-degree South Florida morning: A frozen iguana. pic.twitter.com/SufdQI0QBx— Frank Cerabino (@FranklyFlorida) January 4, 2018
As freaky as it was, the lizards are most likely not a lost cause, and with the urges from Twitter users like this, people were cautiously moving the iguanas into the sun where they had the best chance of warming up and surviving the cold.
But, not everyone agrees. Kristen Sommers, who works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urged caution, stating that the lizards may become confused upon warming up and feeling threatened... bite! In fact, iguanas are native to both Central and South Americas. It is normal for the lizards to slow down as the temperatures do occasionally fall below 50F. And when the weather chills into the 30's? It's no surprise that they go from "slowed down" to immobilized completely!
There’s been an #iguana living in my parents yard in Miami for last 2 years. We found him like this today- We are trying to revive him 🙏— MiamiGator (@GeoffMiami) January 5, 2018
We have a lamp on him, he opened his eye & moved his arm, but not much else. #FrozenIguana 😞❄️ pic.twitter.com/47zZhtlABb
The iguana fared well but he has another cold night ahead! pic.twitter.com/zR0PFI7Oku— Kay Pavkovich (@kay_pavkovich) January 4, 2018
And for now, the wildlife commission has their hands full, rescuing sea turtles that have frozen up and have been “found floating listlessly on the water.”
But thanks to some helpful citizens, even the Iguanas are seeing some happy endings themselves!
Stay warm, folks!