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Polar Vortex and Winter

The cold weather recently has definitely been making headlines, with many dubbing this cold weather a “polar vortex”. But, even as we suffer through the cold, there’s always a silver-lining to those experiencing the polar vortex. As Mother Nature Network points out, the polar vortex has contributed to some unique and unintended winter art sculptures. The polar vortex has also contributed to some great winter nature shots.


Photo: Zorro2212


Photo: Pilot Hank Cain via Shawn Reynolds

For a more detailed explanation of what exactly a polar vortex is, the CBC does a great job detailing what causes a polar vortex. According to the CBC, a polar vortex is formed when:

  • Frigid winds spin counterclockwise – often at temperatures of around -80 C
  • atmospheric changes cause the polar vortex to weaken and spill
  • The cold, dense air then travels out of the Northern Hemisphere and travels south
  • Temperate regions then are blasted and experience cold temperatures

So while you’re out there enjoying the wintery landscape, don’t forget to stay warm and stay safe.

See also: 14 ways to keep warm inside via Apartment Therapy

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