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EXPLAINED: The Artic Polar Vortex & Extreme Weather

Climate and weather and extreme storms, oh my!

The February weather emergency in Texas brought confusion once again into the discussion weather extremes and climate change. So it seems worth asking: what exactly is the polar vortex and how is it possibly related to climate change?

Fortunately, the folks at NOAA have answers about

    • the difference between the Arctic polar vortex and the polar jetstream
    • the role of the polar vortex in our winter weather
    • the potential impact of climate change on the Arctic polar vortex and extreme weather events such as the February 2021 cold blast that hit Texas so hard

READ MORE:
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/understanding-arctic-polar-vortex

PolarVortexFeb

NOAA VIDEO:
Polar jet stream makes deep dive into southern United States (Feb. 15, 2021)

 

 

 

 

 


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