Claim: Photographs show vehicles in Chicago encrusted with ice from severe cold weather.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2014]
These photos are all over on Facebook. They are supposed to be on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. I live in a condo building on Lake Shore Drive! I think these photos are fake or enhanced in some way. No way it is in the city limits! If it is real, it has to be somewhere way outside the city!! Can you help authenticate it? Or help prove it is fake?
Origins: These pictures of cars, boats, trees, and other landscape features encrusted with ice from severe cold weather began circulating on the Internet in late
Various Internet-shared versions of these photos have claimed such diverse geographic origins for them as Massachusetts, Newfoundland, and Switzerland, and in the latest iteration they’ve been claimed as pictures of Chicago in the grip of the January 2014 “polar vortex” that brought bitter cold to much of the U.S., including
The identification of Switzerland as the source of these images is the correct one, as they correspond to other photographs and news accounts of a freezing storm that hit the area of
The cold did not save sailing ships moored in the ports of Léman. In Geneva, several boats sank under the weight of the ice. Several minor roads were closed, passage having been made impossible by the ice and the snowdrifts. In downtown Geneva, Servette Street was closed after the rupture of a water pipeline transformed the roadway into a true skating rink.
These images also correspond to similar photos on a
Last updated: 8 January 2014
Télévision Suisse Romande. “La Bise Continue de Plus Belle.” 27 January 2005. Agence France Press. “Des Dizaines de Bateaux Coulés sur les Bords du Léman.” 1 February 2005.