How northeast Ohioans deal with the polar vortex (and daily cold weather)

Written by Rachel Campbell on . Posted in Campbell's Condensed

Your car won't start, you can't feel your fingers even with gloves covering them and it's as if Mother Nature is spitting in your face via the wind as it whips around you. It must be the polar vortex (or just a nearly daily occurrence in northeast Ohio). We're in the midst of "polar vortex 2," or at least that's what the major media outlets are calling this second bout of beyond cold weather, and yet we have barely made it out of the first one.

The polar vortex, according to USA Today, is a "strong area of low pressure that usually wanders around the Arctic throughout the winter," and, sometimes, that low pressure can break off and move south into the areas of the United States that are not normally affected. In the first week of January, the center of the vortex usually positioned over central Canada was smack dab in the middle of the northeastern U.S., sending cold winds all the way down to Florida and over to Minnesota. Traditionally warm areas got cold, and already cold areas hit the negatives.

So, how did northeast Ohioans deal with this obnoxiously cold weather? Read on to find out.

Social Media

It's a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, creep on everyone you know and complain about all of life's struggles. The weather of Ohio is one of the No. 1 complaints to appear on timelines throughout the state. The most common of the depictions? A screenshot of a phone's weather app showing just how physically cold it really is. Falling in at No. 2 is the scenery covered in that infamous white stuff or iceā€”lots of ice.

Discover the Many Uses of Coffee

As college students, we live for caffeine on those late nights of studying or in the mornings to make it through class. When the temps hit the negatives though, coffee can also double as a hand-warmer while traversing campus or a jolt of warmth when your heater and blankets just aren't cutting it.

Conduct Experiments

A weatherman throws boiling water into the polar vortex-induced cold, and makes snow. The average person does it and gets a burnt face, but that didn't stop people from across the country or even Ohio from partaking in the experiment.

Bundle Up

Layers are the way of a hipster and anyone who doesn't want to freeze to death when going outside. Living in northeast Ohio, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference due to the overabundance of stacked clothing seen spotted across campus. Either way, making like Randy from "A Christmas Story" is the way to go when the polar vortex is in town.