Think Its Cool in July Now? Wait! Next Week––Polar Vortex Returns

posted by Wendy Weathersbee @ 16:49 PM
July 11, 2014

610temp.new    Weather scientists everywhere scream warnings about a Summer Polar Vortex in the middle of July hitting at least the Midwest and Northeast, and possibly the rest of the United States next week.

But no matter how they ‘wax poetic’ about the coming cold, the message is the same.  Summer will look like early winter in most parts of the country, even as far south as Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Generally, meteorologists all agree that for most of the nation temperatures will be 20 degrees below normal.

Jason Samenow of The Washington Post yells:  “Call it the ghost of the polar vortex, the polar vortex sequel, or the polar vortex’s revenge . . . But make no mistake, in parts of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest getting dealt the chilliest air, hoodies and jeans will be required. Highs in this region could well get stuck in the 50s and 60s – especially where there is considerable cloud cover.”

Yahoo News’ Dylan Stableford pines:  “Remember the polar vortex? That weather pattern that sent temperatures plummeting across much of North America last winter, causing the Niagara Falls to partly freeze?  Well, it’s back — sort of.

“Forecasters say polar air from the Arctic Ocean is expected to arrive in Canada and the United States next week, bringing unseasonably cool temperatures to the eastern half of the country.” And this unseasonably cold weather could last from six to ten days (i.e. or longer).  Hm, remind anyone of last winter?

The Extension Protocol makes it sound even worst:  “ Instead of warm summer-like conditions it will feel more like BsLWONWCUAAnRePfall. Temperatures are likely to be 5-10°C below normal. This will keep daytime highs buried in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits.

“This cold air is expected to move as far south as Texas where record low temperatures could be broken. When you average the temperatures we have seen for the first 9 days of July we are already 3°C below normal. Adding on this upcoming cold outbreak will likely cause the entire month to end up below average. This would mean that six of the first seven months of 2014 have brought below normal temperatures . . . only June was near normal.”

But the National Weather Center also predicts it will be hotter than normal for six to ten days in the West––i.e. Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and California. Oh my, for bathing suit weather, maybe everyone should go there!

Yet, abc7chicago.com brings some consolation: “Residents won’t need boots or shovels, but a sweater may come in handy in the evenings. The July version of the ‘polar vortex’ that brought a deep freeze over Chicago for much of the winter wouldn’t involve snow.”

OK so no snow, but surely plus size Christian sweatshirts may be needed. Of course, the Book of Job predicted this: “Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north (37: 9).” Hm again. Whirlwind sounds like hurricane. Is that what’s coming next? Maybe Jeremiah said it best: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved (8: 20).”

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