These beautiful sea smoke images are one silver lining of the polar vortex

Mystical clouds of sea smoke arose over bodies of water across the East Coast, from Lake Michigan to the Atlantic, this week as the polar vortex took hold.

Their dreamy look is the result of water and air temperatures intermingling, as cool air blows over comparatively warm water and then formulates the clouds of "smoke."

From Illinois to New Hampshire, photographers were on hand to capture the beauty of the fog through a number of striking images:

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Sea smoke during the polar vortex
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Sea smoke during the polar vortex
The sea smoke rising off of Lake Michigan looked unreal from atop the Hancock Observatory this AM. Love me some… https://t.co/Y93V1ivcj4
WOW! Sunrise that looked like a heart along with sea smoke this morning in Duluth, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of… https://t.co/KhU6l8fHuD
WOW! A wind chill of -31° this morning and sea smoke seen during sunrise from Duluth, Minnesota. #Duluth #MNwx https://t.co/xhXbiBxXEe
Another view of the sunrise over #LakeSuperior as seen from #Duluth #Minnesota this morning https://t.co/jFUW92jWpF
Season's first plates of ice starting to form on Lake Superior this morning in #Duluth thanks to subzero temperatur… https://t.co/Zi5QxGGOgv
Gorgeous little seasmoke devils roping out over the ocean on this frigid morning at Rye Beach. #NHwx https://t.co/FWlPLEngRy
Seasmoke timelapse video from Rye Beach! #NHwx https://t.co/1oFLDPd3M2
Amazing #SeaSmoke pic from this am Five Islands #Maine Temp: 0° 📷:Dom Restuccia #Stormhour #MEwx https://t.co/6aHFvunqyK
Smoke hangs low in the air and #seasmoke on the Piscataqua River in #PortsmouthNH Fri. #photography #NHWX… https://t.co/hm85qnj3ct
Sea smoke over the Ocean, views from Coast guard beach, Eastham #capecod #StormHour https://t.co/PL09Rdcw4a
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