It's so cold in the USA people are ice-skating at the beach

Swellnet Dispatch

While the cold snap blanketing the United States and Canada has ravaged some parts, it has given some people the opportunity to ice-skate and walk on water.

Footage has emerged on YouTube of a man ice-skating next to the frozen ocean at Long Sands Beach in Maine, in the nation's north-east.

Peter Lekousi captured the stunning event on Sunday (local time), after he and his wife took a stroll along the beach.

He took to Facebook to try to identify the skater, writing he was happy the man brought his ice skates to the beach.

"I keep trying to tell you all, every day is a beach day in Maine," he wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the waters hugging the northern Massachusetts coast were frozen enough to carry the weight of several people, metres from the edge of the beach the same day.

Massachusetts resident Ryan Canty captured drone footage of the frozen ocean. (Storyful: Ryan Canty)

Much of the state was hit with record snowfall.

The powerful "bomb cyclone" winter storm, which struck the US east coast from last week, has killed at least 18 people.

About 100 million people across the US also faced a gusty deep freeze on the weekend, with winds of more than 144 kilometres per hour swirling around New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the north-east's highest peak, at a temperature of -38 degree Celsius and a wind chill of -69C.

It tied for second place with Armstrong, Ontario, as the coldest spot in the world.

Frazzled travellers snoozed on floors and dozens of suitcases sat unclaimed as a welter of wintry problems — from a snowstorm to a burst water pipe — extended flight delays at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport into a fourth day.

With a forecast calling for a bit more snow and sleet in the night, scores of flights were still delayed or cancelled earlier in the day as one of the US's busiest airports tried to untangle a knot of trouble that began when a winter storm blasted New York and snarled air travel on Thursday, local time.

As the skies cleared, unusually cold weather shot in, creating what the airport operating agency called a cascade of problems.

Fights were backlogged, gates clogged up, and some arriving passengers waited on the tarmac for hours and ended up being bused to terminals. Other flights were diverted. One plane even clipped another outside a terminal amid the difficult conditions early Saturday.

Temperatures around the airport were in the teens and single digits Saturday and Sunday local time, dropping to -15C, according to the National Weather Service.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 at 4:57pm

Bong Cyclone keeps spinnin' everyone out...

Popsicle Sharks
Skegz blending Slurpee Waves
Snowboarderz froth'n to drop D' Niagara Bowl
Won't someone Ramp that Giant Snowcone
Ice skating the surf rink (above)

Ice Capades: See Amazing* Ice-slab SUP' flurry Slurpee waves into a Slushie skatepark.

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Mort commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:39am

Bomb Cyclone, Bomb Cyclone
It is when, ok, Bong Cyclone.

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Mort commented Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 at 11:40pm

So, the next time some Client denalist fuckwit tells you it is allright, you tell them, you saw frozen sharks!

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Mort commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 12:11am

Frozen Sharks!

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Mort commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:06am

Climant Denalist Fuckwits.

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t-diddy commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:10am

global weirding, not global warming. they blew it with the name - it was silly to think the planet would simply warm up; clearly too good to be true

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Mort commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:46am

Global Weirding has a ring to it, I must admit.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:35am

Mort! You'd be reading about the Frozen Alligators by now!
You guessed it... latest edition of "Bong Cyclone Newsreel" just keeps getting weirder?

Frozen swamp Alligators deploying apocalyptic cryogenic stealth mode.
Seriously creeping out the internet.
(Indestructible Cryogenic crybaby Cyborgs have been promised upgrades)

I'm training mine to clear a spot in Snapper Line-up.

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Mort commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 1:45am

The point, I am trying to make is, I think, maybe, there is this big and I mean big, bigger than big. But the reality is smaller, really smaller, macro small, like I wish I was a photographers diver small.

But I just talk shit.

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oldman commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 8:47am

Watched The Day After Tomorrow again the other night.
Maybe not so sci-fi after all.

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 9:12am
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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 11:48am
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Woof woof 41 commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 3:13pm

Hmm so the surf is frkn epic and we have more footage of frozen waves and people ice skating on the sand.
Gee must be hard to get photos taken surfing in America.
No wonder it seems like Brazilian surfing is taking over..

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chook commented Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 at 4:07pm

oh shit! i have to live in canda for six months this year...three of those months will be in darkest, deepest winter. i'm way out of my league. i don't even wear long pants.

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