Frozen Michigan Lighthouse Looks Like an Otherworldly Castle

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As noted previously, it was cold as hell this weekend. In a meteorological pattern similar to the horrible Polar Vortex of 2014, things got frigid across the country. Temperatures hit well below -20 with the wind chill in parts of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

A video of a lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan is showcasing exactly what the weekend felt like where the weather was the worst. The lighthouse is on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan, not too far down the road from Kalamazoo and it's entirely caked in ice.

A coating of ice turned the lighthouse into a spindly spire that looks more at home in a fantasy film than real life. The Great Lakes Drone Company did a spectacular job in the above video capturing the incredible sight. As did photographer Joshua Nowicki, who created the below video of the same lighthouse and posted it to Facebook. 

It's so beautiful and unbelievable that it's hard to believe there's no CGI involved.

Appreciating the beauty of the monstrous cold is a pretty thin silver lining when you're building snot icicles on your face, but there's definitely parts of the cold snap worth appreciating. Enjoy them before your legs turn into popsicles.

h/t Mashable

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.