It isn’t enough that we have to suffer the cold of the Polar Vortex. Sub-zero temperatures mean, for me at least, staying in the house and not venturing outside for any reason. It seems Mr. Vortex has brought a friend along with him to cause more problems and sleepless nights. Say hello to the “Cryo-Seism”.
Cryo-Seisms may have been around for years, but this is the first year I have heard of them. What exactly are they? Well, you might know them better by their more common name frost quakes. It’s not bad enough that we have earthquakes but now we have frost quakes as well.
What is a frost quake? Have you heard loud popping noises? Have you felt tremors? It could be a frost quake.
What causes them? According to experts water trickles into the ground and freezes. We all know that water expands as it freezes. The expanding water pushes on things causing them to break. As they break energy is released as noise, seismic energy.
I have not heard or experienced any frost quakes nor do I want to. So Mr. Polar Vortex, kindly leave and take your friend with you.