Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Global warming news: Polar vortex may be back in September

Winter is coming--as they say in Game of Thrones.

And the polar vortex may be back as soon as next month.

From the Buffalo News:
The polar vortex – that extremely cold air that swirls above the North Pole – may make a brief visit to the Northeast next month, reported Wednesday.

“There could be a significant shot of chilly air that comes across the Great Lakes region and into the interior Northeast sometime in mid to late September,” said Paul Pastelok, the lead long-range forecaster for the State College, Pa.-based weather forecasting service.

The polar vortex, you may remember, led many local school districts to exceed their annual allotment of snow days last winter because temperatures and the wind chill were considered too dangerously cold for children to be outside. It also was blamed for copious amounts of lake-effect snow.
It gets worse.
AccuWeather has even more bad news for fair weather fans: El NiƱo, the flow of unusually warm surface waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that changes rain and temperature patterns, will debut early this winter, fueling early snow across the Northeast.
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