It’s been so cold in New England that even the ocean waves are freezing.
A Nantucket-based photographer and surfer captured images of waves with the consistency of a 7-Eleven Slurpee hitting the coast of Nantucket, in Massachusetts, on Friday, Feb. 20.
“The wind was howling from the southwest which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing, but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush the wind did not change the shape,” Jonathan Nimerfroh said in an email to New England Cable News. “What resulted was perfect, dreamy, slush waves.”
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The temperature was a high of 19 degrees that day, according to Nimerfroh, and the waves were around 2 feet high.
When Nimerfroh went back the beach on Saturday to take more photos of slurpee waves, it was even colder. The water had a thin sheet of ice over it and there were no waves at all.
Normally, water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s not unusual for the harbor to freeze.
New England has experienced outsized snowfall and cold this winter. Boston has received 102 inches of snow, just 5.6 inches shy of the snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Another storm is expected to hit this weekend, dumping 6 inches in some areas. It won't take much to shatter the record.