Brace Yourself: Scientists Predict “Brutally” Cold Winter

Posted: November 7, 2016 in Weather
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From ThinkProgress:winter2

It’s coming back.

The polar vortex that shocked the northeast with extremely cold days may bring more bitterly cold winters to North America, according to a new study.

The polar vortex is a massive system of swirling air that usually contains cold air around the North Pole. It has been shifting for decades, researchers found — but it has only recently become a household term, after it was blamed for causing record cold weather affecting some 200-million people in 2014.

According to the study, over the past 30-years, the polar vortex has weakened, in part due to Arctic sea-ice loss linked to human-caused climate change. That weakening has prompted it to shift toward Europe and Asia in February. This means unusually cold days may become more common in February and March, the Weather Channel reported. At the same time, Europe is facing warmer winters.

Scientists have long said global warming will bring extreme weather. This is what it looks like.

Batten down the hatches, kids. Store up on plenty of firewood, fatty foods, snuggies, hot soup and earmuffs. On a related note, Sparky hates cold weather so my winter is going to be turrible. Nothing worse than those midnight walks in blistering cold weather in which I carry my pup out in the yard, set him down after clearing a spot, and waiting for him to do his business.

Damn you polar vortex! Damn you to hell!

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