As the polar vortex continues, lots of social-media users in the Midwest have actually included Antarctica to their weather condition apps, so they can share images like this:

The Weather Condition Channel

It’s evidence that the temperature levels they’re experiencing are chillier than those on earth’s southernmost continent.

However possibly more surprising than the numbers are the images emerging from the cities and states experiencing this extreme cold.

Lake Michigan appears like something out of the motion picture “The Day After Tomorrow.” In Chicago, employees lit kerosene-soaked ropes on fire beside frozen train tracks in order to keep trains running.

Here’s what the truth of the polar-vortex occasion appears like on the ground.