What is the Polar Vortex?

January 24th, 2014 | Posted by Alicia Milillo in weather insurance

Meteorologist across the country have been reporting the frigid cold temperatures and extreme snow fall as part of the ‘polar vortex,’ this sounds intense and intimidating but many Americans suffering from the vortex’s affects don’t know exactly what it is and why it’s happening. There is no doubt that this is one of the worst winters so far and it’s only January. So far we have exceeded the average snow fall for the winter season and it seems like the snow isn’t done yet. Not to mention the temperature combined with the subzero wind chills make it unbearable to be outside for long periods of time. It was reported that just this week, the temperature in Philadelphia was 2 degrees colder than in Alaska!


So this brings us back to the question WHY? The polar vortex is the circulation of cold winds around the north pole and artic area. This vortex typically says close to the center (north pole) however it can dip down forming jet streams of artic air, which we have been experiencing in the past couple weeks.

There is much debate on whether the dip is due to global warming, with the world as a whole warming, so is the north, making it difficult for the polar vortex to stay solely around the artic. Regardless of what is causing the plummeting cold, experts are encouraging people to be smart and safe in the cold weather. It looks like the polar vortex is here to stay at least for another weeks so remember; don’t go outside if it is not necessary and f you are outside make sure it is not for long periods of time. From US Weather Insurance, stay warm!

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