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Teaching What Is the Polar Vortex?

What Is the Polar Vortex?

We’re atmospheric scientists. We cringe when the term “polar vortex” is used to refer loosely to blasts of cold weather. The actual polar vortex can’t put snow in your backyard. But changes in the polar vortex can set the stage for wintry weather. And this year, the stage was set perfectly.

Zachary Lawrence, Research Scientist, University of Colorado Boulder and Amy Butler, Chemistry & Climate Processes Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Conversation


How does the polar vortex cause severe winter weather?


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