A polar vortex travelled through the Praries, Western Ontario and parts of Alberta and through the United states. This is my first experience with sub -50c temperatures.
It looks quite surreal: bright and sunny, icy, dry, and misty. Condensation comes from anything that is warm and moist such as car exhaust, bare skin, and buildings creating this atmospheric fog.
The air is so dry that it pulls the moisture out of your skin. It’s difficult to photograph because batteries and electronics begin to malfunction, and I can’t keep my hands out of my mittens for longer than a minute. Since Winnipeg is typically incredibly cold, everything continued to run normally through these extreme temperatures.
The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding the Earth’s North and South poles.