The polar vortex forced millions of Americans to remain indoors as the freezing cold swept through the country.
After a rough spell, temperatures have started to rise – albeit slowly.
On February 2, one man managed to snap some of the craziest photos you’re likely to see near the Great Lakes region.
Have you ever seen a man wielding a trident while surfing Lake Superior in sub-zero weather?
He might be Poseidon himself!
Dean Hains Photography noted on his Facebook page:
The polar vortex made for some fun conditions to go chill in Lake Superior for my friends Surfer Dan and Allen Finau. I had a blast photographing these two in the sub zero temps this past week. Daniel Schetter
(always be careful in and around the great lakes, these wetsuits are made for frigid conditions)
Check out these wild photos:
WATCH this video of the man surfing:
Here’s more about the polar vortex, per Detroit Free Press:
Michiganders are tough. When there’s a challenge, we grit our teeth and work together. This past week, our state faced record-breaking, life-threatening low temperatures that we haven’t seen in 25 years. But true to form, we gritted our teeth, worked together, and did everything we could to make sure our friends, family and neighbors got through the cold weather safely.
These were extraordinary circumstances that we haven’t seen in decades. Wind chill temperatures of around -30 to -50 degrees occurred for more than 48 hours across all of Michigan. In these conditions, frostbite for exposed skin could happen in less than 10-15 minutes.
Our state employees worked tirelessly to keep Michiganders safe over the past week. Our emergency responders and snow-plow drivers were out day and night helping people get the resources they needed to survive, warming centers across the state opened their doors and provided food and shelter to those who needed it, and representatives from each state department worked to make sure Michiganders everywhere could call 211 and get the information they needed. I’m proud of the work our state employees did, and I know that in any crisis, we’re all in good hands because of the great work they do on our behalf.
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