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Photos: It's So Cold In Chicago, Steam Is Rolling Off Lake Michigan

By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 15, 2016 6:26PM

The air outside was so cold Thursday morning in Chicago, steam began rolling off Lake Michigan.

The phenomenon typically happens when the temperature of the air hits the single digits (and lower) and the water in Lake Michigan remains closer to the 30s. The disparity creates an other-worldly steam cloud affect over the lake, which thankfully many social media users were able to capture from apartments and office buildings this morning. A windchill advisory is in affect via the National Weather Service until Thursday evening.

Steam rising from Lake Michigan at 0 degrees.
Steamy Lake Michigan Sunrise | December 15, 2016

Even the Chicago River is getting in on the steaming:

The Chicago River is steaming cold