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Get Ready: Polar Vortex, Take Three

Get Ready: Polar Vortex, Take Three

Temperatures across much of the U.S. and Canada warmed up somewhat last week, particularly over the weekend, when sunny weather and comparatively balmy temperatures seemed to tease that spring was on the way.

Though the thaw provided a nice respite after weeks of heavy snow and below average temperatures, meteorologists are warning warm weather lovers not to get too comfortable. The so-called “polar vortex” that dominated much of January and early February is on its way back, with a vengeance.

We’ve been saying since we revealed our forecast for the season last August that this winter would be a cold and long one for the Eastern half of the United States and Canada, with predictions for heavy snow through March and even into April. Now, it seems, Accuweather agrees with us.

The media company, along with government and other meteorologists, is now warning that polar vortex will be back starting this week, blasting much of the country with frigid arctic air.

The vortex is expected to affect the Great Lakes region, the northeastern U.S., and southeastern Canada, with temperatures up to 30 degrees below normal seasonal averages.

We’ll be plunged into the icebox through much of March, though not consistently. Expect short periods of warmer weather to interrupt the deep freeze here and there, though not frequently enough mitigate the arctic air’s impact on this year’s below-normal temperature average.

Bundle up, friends! Winter is still a long way from over.

16 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 02.26.14 at 2:02 pm }

Beth Gray,
A polar vortex is defined as “a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet’s geographical poles.” They normally stay put, above the artcic circle, in the case of the Northern Hemisphere, but due to a weakened jet stream, have blown off course into North America several times this year. In what sense are we not using the term correctly? Just because a weather term is unfamiliar to most people doesn’t mean it is made up or being misused by the media.

2 Jaime McLeod { 02.26.14 at 1:58 pm }

Pittman – You can see our forecast here: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/

3 Jaime McLeod { 02.26.14 at 1:56 pm }

Jio, this cold winter in North America does not mean we are regaining the ice caps. in fact, the arctic circle is warmer this year, than average. In fact, a weakened jet stream has allowed all of the cold air that is normally trapped in the arctic to descend on us, instead.

4 Jio { 02.25.14 at 7:12 pm }

You guys realize what this means right? This means that due to our unusually cold climates; we’re regaining the ice caps; which in itself shows that the hot cycle/cold cycle theory would officially be more prevalent than global warming. Which in turn proves that al gore needed a semi-intelligent excuse to hide the fact that he’s a wimp when it comes to the heat.

5 Norma { 02.25.14 at 12:36 pm }

It’s in Gods hands!we just deal and help when we can!!

6 Stacy { 02.25.14 at 10:19 am }

Perhaps you need to Google the definition of Polar Vortex. I believe the almanac knows what they are talking about…do you?

7 Lilo { 02.25.14 at 8:09 am }

Sorry Lori B , unfortunately, being in the middle of this doesn’t reduce fire hazards. In OK we have had snow and ice one week and red flagged with huge fires burning 1000′s of aces statewide the next week. Ready for sunshine and daily light rains….

8 LMcGaugh5 { 02.25.14 at 1:31 am }

I’m in MS. and just once wished I could get a “real winter”! I hate missing out and ALWAYS being warm or hot. I dream of the day I can move away! Hate to say it because I know what I’m about to get, but I’m rather envious of you guys!!!

9 jesse { 02.25.14 at 12:37 am }

Lol what? dates? “Ahh at this time and on this day its going to be shitty outside.” The last thing I watch in Canada is the weather,no point. +40 will be here in no time.

10 Pittman { 02.24.14 at 11:18 pm }

What dates in march? Early? Late? Middle? When in march. Because I will be traveling for work and don’t want to get stuck anywhere.

11 Peter Kane { 02.24.14 at 10:02 pm }

I think it will be the last Polar Vortex of the season. You were 100% accurate this winter, but I do not know about March. I think March will be more normal and the spring should start at a typical time. April and May, according to your rival, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, predicts April and May to be much warmer than normal. As the year will move on, the. Polar Vortex will weaken. I am not sure about your summer forecast.

12 Lori B { 02.24.14 at 9:56 pm }

So sorry Charlie for the rest of the country but by any chance, might there be some moisture for the west coast? We are dying out here. Lovely days, full of bikinis and beach days but the forests are like tinder. Thanks.

13 Jolie Besler { 02.24.14 at 8:57 pm }

The cold can go ! I totally agree! I Really want to know when SPRING is expected?????

14 Shelby { 02.24.14 at 8:25 pm }

Does this include the Deep South ?

15 Beth Gray { 02.24.14 at 7:59 pm }

I can NOT believe that the Farmer’s Almanac of all things is errantly using the term Polar Vortex as have a few ridiculously misinformed weather men like Al Roker. Please, please check your facts and use terms in the proper way.

16 Grace Allen { 02.24.14 at 6:58 pm }

What is the continuing forecast for the Charlotte, NC area. I believe we’ll have snow again. :)

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