It's So Cold On The US East Coast That The Ocean Is Freezing Solid

For the past couple of weeks, parts of North America have been chilling down to record temperatures, with massive snowfall and icy cold conditions putting life at a standstill for many. 

The US East Coast has been particularly badly hit with the likes of Boston down to Philadelphia reaching bone-chilling lows of near 0°F (-17°C), with icy winds making it feel closer to around -10°F (-23°C) to -20°F (-29°C).

Some of the most impressive images, however, come from the seaside with sections of the Atlantic freezing around the beaches of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Photographer and surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh managed to take a few shots of waves that appear to have frozen mid-break, sharing his work to Instagram. But as he explained to the Live Science, some of the swells are still on the move: "You can surf the slush, as they are moving waves."

Lasting for a limited time only, the photographer explains that the frozen waves had disappeared within just three hours. While the slurpee phenomenon is quite rare, it did already occur in Nantucket back in February 2015 under similar meteorological conditions. As the Smithsonian reports, the top layer of the sea can freeze for miles out from shore.

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