1A lakehouse in upstate NY is completely covered in ice
You may notice the house next to it looks completely unscathed. Photographer John Kucko, who found the ice house, says it's because that residence has a retaining wall to prevent slippery situations exactly like this one. (Source)
2A car parked on the shores of Lake Erie becomes an ice sculpture
High winds and freezing temperatures transformed the sedan into a temporary ice sculpture. With winds roaring at up to 47 mph, waves from Lake Erie surged onto Buffalo's streets, freezing the soaked car as temperatures plunged. The ground surrounding it also turned into a temporary ice rink. (Source)
3Washington's cherry blossoms are threatened after being encased in ice
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is still on as of this writing, but the opening date of the welcome area and ANA Performance Stage has been pushed back. Organizers cited "setup delays caused by the storm."
The closer the trees are to being in bloom, the more at risk of damage the blossoms are. If the blossoms are still tight in buds, they're "hopefully" still protected. Fingers crossed! (Source)
4A historic boat is encased in ice in Racine, Wisconsin
The historic Palmer was built in Sturgeon Bay in 1926. When the SS Milwaukee sank in 1929, one of the greatest disasters in the Great Lakes history, the Palmer helped look for survivors.
Attempts by a salvage company to retrieve the Palmer failed, and if the boat is not removed in the 30 days since it sank, the owner will be handed out a nearly $300 fine per day until it's removed.
5A photographer captures otherworldly ice-covered trees in the Siberian wilderness
Makurin traveled to the Ural Mountains, which extend south from the coast of the Arctic Ocean, and trekked through sub-zero temperatures to access an area with very few human inhabitants for miles around. The photographer, who has a ongoing fascination with the region, said, "When I was 12 years old I got to see the Ural Mountains for the first time and I was amazed. I felt I had to share this incredible region with the rest of the world. The trees do look eerie and knowing that you are in a very isolated area can sometimes be a little unnerving." (Source)
6Vehicles are encased in ice after a warehouse fire
Cars and motorcycles were encased in ice in Brooklyn in 2015 after firefighters used a substantial amount of water to put out a blaze at a warehouse. 275 first responders were at the scene of the seven-alarm fire in Williamsburg, where they faced wind and cold temperatures so severe that ice formed on their helmets. (Source)
7A lighthouse becomes a frozen ice sculpture in Cleveland Harbor
Sub-zero air temperatures caused the water to freeze in multiple layers, coating the entire building in ice, which made it virtually impossible for seafarers to see the light. (Source)
8A truck's cab is a frozen monument to sub-zero temps in Chicago
9A microorganism is reanimated after being encased in ice for over three decades
Itty-bitty tardigrades (or water bears) were lying in some frozen moss when a team of Japanese researchers discovered them on a trip to the Antarctic in 1983. Rather than warming up the micro-sized creatures, they were locked in a box of ice, shipped to Japan and stuck in a lab for more than three decades. Just a day after a separate team finally pulled the microorganisms out of their frozen cell, they were poked with pipettes and soaked in a nutrient bath. Lo and behold, one of them started wiggling.
“Sleeping Beauty 1″ was scampering around its petri dish, even laying eggs. A second tardigrade, “Sleeping Beauty 2″, also began to revive, when an egg that had been found alongside them started to hatch.
Dig 'em up, freeze 'em, abandon 'em for a generation—tardigrades can take it all. The cockroach wishes it was this sturdy! (Source)
10A Game of Thrones Facebook stunt was the ultimate icy fail
The new season of Game of Thrones debuts later this year. In March 2017, HBO spent 69 minutes melting a giant block of ice on Facebook Live—a stunt gone wrong, given that the livestream was interrupted twice and stretched for more than an hour—to reveal that Season 7 of the show will debut on July 16.
As the livestream started, users were asked to type “FIRE” in the comments to help melt the block of ice and reveal the premiere date encased in it. However, 15 minutes later, the livestream ended with no premiere date revealed. The network started another Facebook Live feed 15 minutes later, explaining, “The fire in the realm was overpowering, but we're back.” That video also ended after 15 minutes.
Eventually, on the third try, the date was revealed, but not before fans took to Twitter to air their grievances:
I haven't seen Game of Thrones botch something this bad since the Dorne storyline.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 9, 2017
I now hate ice more than anything I've ever encountered.— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) March 9, 2017