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When Will the Polar Vortex Return?

Just when you thought it was over, another deep-freeze could be on its way
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

In this file photo, steam eam rises from Lake Michigan due to the polar vortex. Will the deep-freeze weather pattern return? (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

After mild weather through this weekend, there are signs of another arctic blast on the way, including a glancing blow from the polar vortex.

While the timing of the the next polar plunge is challenging, it is not expected to be as extreme as that of Jan. 5-8, 2014.

"Following the retreat of arctic air this weekend, waves of progressively colder will move southward over Canada next week," AccuWeather.com Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

The pattern will continue to evolve, bringing colder and colder air first to the southern Canada Prairies and the northern Plains, next to the Midwest then finally the East.



Ahead of the first push of cold air, temperatures will average above normal. The first push of cold air will sweep over the northern Plains Monday, the lower Mississippi Valley and Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday then the East Thursday.

The main thrust of the cold air will follow up a couple of days later. However, for people concerned about the severity of the cold there is good news.

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"We will likely see a piece of the polar vortex break off and set up just north of the Great Lakes spanning Jan. 16 to 20," Pastelok stated.

"This next main arctic blast will not rival, nor will be as extensive as the event this past week," Pastelok said.

This time, it appears the temperature readings for most areas across the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians will remain above zero during the day and night. Daytime temperatures will also be above zero in most locations over the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

However, when combined with wind and other atmospheric conditions, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be near to below zero at times over much of the North Central states and interior Northeast toward the end of next week.

The movement of cold air past the Great Lakes will bring more rounds of lake-effect snow.

There is also the chance that as the main thrust of cold air moves in a storm could spin up and deposit more general snow in parts of the South and along the East coast this time, instead of the Midwest.

More information on the cold and potential snow will unfold into early next week.

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gettinlow2tony

yes HARRP working overtime

January 27 2014 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gettinlow2tony

I think its kinda nice people who was cold are now warm and people who was warm are nice and cool

January 27 2014 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

I almost forgot to tell all ya'll..... Happy New Year

January 13 2014 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hairston

Here's a clue...GOD is the Creator of all things. And He alone can and will sustain all that He has created. While it is our responsibility to take care of our environment, most of what is happening regarding "global warming" and "climate change" is intentionally constructed. This gov't and the elitists try too much to be like GOD. I don't care what anyone says...and call me a conspiracy theorist if you want..too many things just don't add up. And for all of the sarcastic know-it all's, say what you will...not going to argue w/ you or entertain your insulting comments. Just as you have a right to share your opinion, which is what it is....so do I.

January 12 2014 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PETERTSORRENTINO

Most of the scientifc community belive in climate change do to human behaviour.This reminds me when some doctors that were paid by the tobaco companys said tobaco is not harmful we all know beter now for some its to late.I hope its not to late for most life on planet earth because there no were to go.Do some research and find out whos paying these few scientist to say there is no climate change you will find oil companys and others who make money on this.Peter.S

January 12 2014 at 8:51 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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rhdtool

Peter, you don't have to do research to find out who's paying the global warming scare team - It's the government. There was a warming trend, just like the other 2 in the last 150 years and just like the other 2, not caused by humans! And just like the other 2 cooling trends that ended the other 2 warming trends, the current cooling trend is not human caused. Get a grip and follow the money - people lie, money never does.

January 12 2014 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

The erath is one of it's cycles that it has done in the past milions years.

January 12 2014 at 7:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
expicker

Wait a sec... Didn't that genius Algore say the polar caps would be melted by now and FL would be underwater by 2014??

January 12 2014 at 7:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
hi bev

The terminology is incorrect this is not global warming but climate change.

January 12 2014 at 7:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
FICHTNER02

Funny how most of you have no idea how GLOBAL WARMING has done EXACTLY what it does. It melts the glaciers and floods the Gulf Stream with fresh cold water, just like Al Gore and his team said. The Gulf stream, which is part of the great conveyor belt slows to near stop. Which it has. The planet then goes into a deep freeze called an ice age. It doesn't happen over the course of thousands of years. It happens over the course of months and that is exactly what has happened. Nothing can stop it and to an extent it IS normal. The Sun plays a HUGE factor too. The Sun supposed to be in it's Solar Max right not but guess what, it's actually weaker than it normally is during a Solar minimum. Scary. Did man cause G W? I'm sure we did help it along with all the oil we spill in the Oceans and Carbon we burn. It's impossible to think we didn't have a hand in it. BUT, the Sun plays a more important role likely and this was gonna happen anyway. Maybe not for many many centuries but it was gonna happen. The bottom line is this. There isn't a dang thing that can be done about it now. An Ice age has begun and it's gonna get worse. Here in the USA, we are not seeing it as bad as other places who are in awe. All these named storms now that are bringing severe tornados or ice or freezing temps are going to continue and get worse. We can argue all day about what caused it. But that's not even important any more. It simply doesn't matter. Sadly, Big Oil has super deep pockets and has a large number of people believing that the wool was pulled over their eyes and that their products are not hurting anything. The fact is, we did have the wool pulled over our eyes. BIG OIL has blinded many of us to the fact that their product DO in fact harm the environment to the degree that it did aid in some way to the temp of our planet. For those of you that own a swimming pool, here's an experiment for you. Go drop 3 drops of oil into your pool and then wait 1 hour and then go out there with a hair dryer and blow the top of the water and watch the oil sheen move. Three drops will cover the top of your pool completely. Now go look up this fact. 75% of waters cooling happens through evaporation. Water cannot evaporate through oil. SO… That right there proves that man has indeed affected the temperature of our planet. Even if it's a tiny bit. We in fact have affected it. So, there is no way anyone can claim that man has not affected our planets environment. It's simply impossible to suggest that. Ok, my rant is over. Peace

January 12 2014 at 7:39 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Jack

There is no such thing as 'Global Warming' as it has been defined in the Liberal media. There may be something called 'Climate Change' but it has virtually NOTHING to do with man's actions on this planet.

There are very complex weather patterns that extend over 250,000 years in some cases. Short of a HUMONGOUS volcanic eruption, throwing cubic miles of pyroclastic matter into the atmosphere, it is these weather patterns, influenced by the radiation from the sun, which affect the weather on this planet. Solar flares and even minor eruptions on the surface of the sun further affect these patterns. There's even a pattern to the solar flares.

In terms of Geologic Time even 250,000 years is a relatively short time period. EXAMPLE: We now know that the rocks at the top of the Himalaya mountains, rocks now over 5 miles high in the sky, were once at the bottom of an ancient sea. The rocks contain fossils of plants as well as sea creatures. It's taken nature some 500,000,000 + years for the sub-continent of India to push the Himalaya Mts. up over 5 miles high and those Mts. are still rising today!

This is why any of our weather observations, which accurately date back to the 1880's, (134 years or so) are practically meaningless in terms of Geologic time. They let us know what's happening in the here & now but are not normally indicative of what's to come, necessarily.

Speaking of volcanic eruptions, you'd think the media would be more obsessed over the Yellowstone Caldera than 'Global Warming.'

Yellowstone National Park is centered over top of one of the largest SUPER VOLCANOES in the world. There's a caldron there some 55 miles wide that is now some 50,000 years overdue to erupt. The pattern is clear: regular eruptions going back millions of years every 650,000 +/- years. The clock is ticking . . .

I know why the media doesn't care: there's no money in it and it's not part of the political correctness that now permeates every aspect of our society.

The Russians & Chinese must be laughing their asses off at us.

January 12 2014 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rhdtool

First of all water under a thin sheen of oil does infact evaporate. If it didn't we'ed be in a global drought. Second of all you need to preserve your rant on paper & reread it in about 5-10 years - you'll get a giant laugh, much like the rest of the sane world. Third thanks for the giant laugh.

January 12 2014 at 6:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
samhood52

And when it gets warm all the Climate Chicken Little's will scream about THE TROPICALVORTEX!!! And all the climatologists will apply for more government grants. Disgusting modern culture.

January 12 2014 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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