Instagram screenshots of the weather forecast don't do justice to today's frigid nationwide temperatures. Rather, offering a more complete understanding of what "polar vortex" means, the chilled masses have taken to Vine to provide us with six-second loops of frozen hellscapes, which is more than enough exposure to the elements for us. Below we've compiled some of the most creative Vine videos from the brave souls showcasing crazy cold weather phenomena (or just plain crazy behavior).
It's so cold out boiling water turns to snow in seconds:
(Yahoo News explains the science behind this phenomenon, which is known as the Mpemba effect.)
It's so cold out things that have no business being solid are frozen stiff:
It's so cold out that some people have gone insane:
(We do not condone or even comprehend this behavior!)
And, then, of course, there are the jerks reminding us that it's not so cold outside everywhere:
Stay warm and safe, people. (And share your favorite cold-weather Vines in the comments.)