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Watch: Polar Vortex Causes 'Steam Devil' on Lake Michigan

Arctic air drifted into Illinois Monday and caused the unusual sight
Cold Front Causes Steam Devil
An Arctic vortex drifted into Illinois on January 6 and caused an unusual sight - steam rising from Lake Michigan. This phenomenon is known as a steam devil, and it is due to the cold front of the vortex moving over the warmer water and humidifying, causing the visible steam.

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It is steam; just low quality steam. Steam does not become invisible until the mass fraction of vapor approaches 0 percent. This type of steam, 0% vapor, is generated in an Electrical Generating plant; I think it is referred to a superheated steam.

Then again it could the wrath of the deity or the effects of global warming. The Neanderthals were also frightened and amazed by basic physics.

January 09 2014 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isnt it funny how during this weather we have stopped hearing about global warming?

January 08 2014 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What does religion have to do with the weather? Looks like some of you are so brainwashed and have no clue about anything outside of your religions. Please educate yourselves before posting this so called free speech...its sad.

January 08 2014 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

am I supposed to be impressed ......... looks like my hot tub on any given winter night ....... lame.

January 08 2014 at 11:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This phenomena occurs whenever there is cold dry air above warmer water. Even happens to swimming pools and especially hot tubs. In this case the air is so cold what you're seeing is ice fog. Steam, being invisible is not a part of this process. When the water evaporates it freezes instantly, rises and evaporates in the very dry air above. In extremely dry areas a similar thing happens with snow--instead of melting it evaporates. I saw this happen in Wyoming.

January 08 2014 at 6:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hello Joe

That ice fog you mentioned is a bear to drive in.

January 08 2014 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beth Waymire

There are many things on earth that we have no real understanding of, suffice to say - yes there is some awful weather that is going on right now, and it is a shame that there are those who would scoff at the effects of pollution, etc. I for one believe that God uses whatever will get our attention - to make HIS will be known and done. We must use our hearts on these matters of foreign issues and how it is handled and what we as Americans can do to make it right, blame has no place. We are not put here to judge but to show how God loves us and HIS people. Listen to your hearts, and make sure you are listening to the Man Upstairs, cause that is all that really counts. Pray for those suffering with the horrible cold weather, and the people in displaced areas in our world. It's a terrible thing and if it happened to us, what would we want - compassion. We all just celebrated the Christmas season, this was suppose to show the world how much God loves us, so we should do the same to our fellow man. If you see someone on the street facing this horrible cold, offer to help if you can, same with the animals - pass the love forward, we should be busy doing these things rather than bickering with each other; and give thanks for the fact that HE still loves all of us.

January 08 2014 at 4:50 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Raymond Thompson

People can try to explain away this so called Polar vortex or the deep freeze, which never came to America in her History. The Answer to this deep freeze lies in Politics and your Muslim Presidents foreign policy towards the Nation of Israel. Remember the Devastation that Hurricane Katrina, cause in New Orleans in 2005? Well, that was the very same day, that President Bush ordered Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister of Israel), to vacate Gaza, and give it to the Palestinians. The then Prime Minister of Israel Suffered a major brain Hemorrhage the next week, and never recovered. Super storm Sandy, came to Florida causing Billions of dollars worth of damage, was a result of America meddling in Israel's affairs again. But this Massive snow storm and the ensuing deep freeze hit literally half the country the very same day, that Foreign Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Israel with a Framework to divide Jerusalem, and give the Eastern half to the Palestinians, and uproot 80,000 Jewish people from their homes in the West Bank otherwise known as Judea and Sameria, and the Jordan Valley. So Global warming is not an Issue here. Guys, "Global Warming is a Hoax...a big con-job. Where you pay carbon tax to the fat cats of the international bankers linked to the IMF. We in Australia followed by New Zealand, pay by far the Largest amount per annum then other countries. So in essence, this deep freeze is to do with your country's foreign policy towards Israel. God says in the Bible! Genesis 12:3, " I will Bless those who bless you (Israel), and I will curse him that curses you (Israel). And in You (Israel) will all the Families (Nations) of the Earth shall be Blessed." Genesis 27:29 God says. "Cursed is everyone who Curse you (Israel) and Blessed is everyone who bless you. Notice, While America was Israel's friend, (After world war 2), the she enjoyed blessing after blessing from God Almighty. But ever-since the US decided to turn her back on Israel, America has been struck with disaster after disaster.

January 08 2014 at 2:33 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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That is the dumbest shi* i have ever heard. Stuff happens and i guess you can attribute it to anything but i don't think that your scenario is the way things happened. If what you say is true why has god not removed Germany from the map? There should not be a middle east either. And this God that you talk about, what makes him more right than all of the rest of the Gods( Budda, Allah ect)?

January 08 2014 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Believe me, the polar vortex does not 'drift in'--it comes in with a blast. But no worries you can lead it anyplace it wants to go.

January 08 2014 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I saw some "steam" rising... nothing like a "dust devil" seen on a hot windy dayn though... lame video.

January 07 2014 at 10:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Great is the power of consistent misrepresentation ... Charles Darwin

January 07 2014 at 10:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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