Get Ready, The Worst Buzz Term In Weather Is Headed Our Way!

Maybe you have heard by now, meteorologists around the country are throwing around the news that the ominous Polar Vortex could be headed our way once again! And this time, it’s coming in NOVEMBER?

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Before I go on, let me refresh your memory on what exactly the Polar Vortex is. The Polar Vortex is a persistent cyclonic circulation, usually in the high latitudes that takes place in the upper levels of the troposphere, or near the jet stream. Basically, VERY high up in the sky. The Polar Vortex is nothing new, it is always there and usually intensifies in the wintertime.

When you hear meteorologists refer to the Polar Vortex, know that this is nothing new. What they are referring to is a PIECE of the broad circulation that breaks off and can meander its way as far south as the United States. For us, this typically means well below average temperatures.

So back to my original picture…..

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What will we ever do when (and if) a piece of this Polar Vortex makes it this far south next week?

Temperatures will probably only top out in the 30’s! Oh no! It’s the middle of November in OHIO, it couldn’t actually be in the 30’s could it?

The short answer to the above question is YES! And, this also brings to light my biggest beef with the blatant overuse of this lame weather buzz word. Since the massive overuse of this term began last winter, people have come to associate it with extreme cold! Don’t get me wrong, last winter was extremely cold, but it won’t be extremely cold next week! Sure, it will be about 10 to 20 degrees below average for this time of year, but that’s what I call a cold spell! We won’t see anything NEAR our 10 to 15 below zero temperatures that the last “Polar Vortex” brought us. So you see, no two Polar Vortexes are created equal. One could bring highs well below zero and the next could bring highs in the mid 30’s. To me, that’s confusing!

I could go on and on about why I hate the term “Polar Vortex” but I just wanted to let you know what it actually is and NOT to be scared of it. It’s just a stretch of cold November weather, and that’s that. Don’t expect to hear me using this term on air anytime soon 🙂



One thought on “Get Ready, The Worst Buzz Term In Weather Is Headed Our Way!

  1. Agree.. !! The term ‘Polar Vortex’ has been used way to much. Mostly i think to hype people up. And it confuses people too.. Keep up the great job Kyle you are one of the most down to earth meteorologists and it’s nice to know we can rely on you for the true facts and honest weather predictions throughout the year .

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