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Polar Vortex: To Warm Up - Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)

 

"After the last few years, what we can say is that climate conditions on our planet are shifting increasingly toward the extreme: floods of the century, storms of the century, heat of the century, droughts and cold of the century, have become standard protocol, with the resulting damage rising steadily as well. ... If one must go from Tennessee to Alaska to warm up, it should be apparent that something is terribly wrong."

 

By Patrik Etschmayer

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Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

January 14, 2014

 

News Switzerland Original Article (German)

Polart Vortex: it's colder in Tenessee than it is around the Behring Strait. Humanity is in for a treacherous weather future, both hot and cold.

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO, U.K.: What is a Polar Vortex?, Jan. 6, 00:02:55RealVideo

The U.S. is being taken over by the North Pole. Or at least, by the air that usually sits up there and is responsible for the proverbial polar climate. Meanwhile, in the Arctic Circle, the odd polar bear might be wondering why his winter den is melting.

 

Bethel, Alaska is located at nearly 61 degrees north latitude and usually enjoys average daily temperature of 12.3 Fahrenheit [-10.9 Celsius]. For the last few days, however, overnight temperatures there have been above freezing, with the mercury not likely to fall below freezing [32 F or 0 C] until tomorrow. Other parts of Alaska are still frozen, but its pretty strange when the Behring Strait in winter is 10 degrees warmer than Nashville Tennessee, where prevailing temperatures are a frosty 3.2 F [-16 C].

 

Anyone who has ever been on the road in the American South and has seen the homes - frequently trailers, and is familiar with their insulation, would be immediately concerned about the people there now trying to bring their dwellings up to livable temperatures. The air conditioners that are absolutely essential in the summer provide no relief now, and the danger that storms could bring down local aboveground power lines, therefore eliminating the only available option for heat, is more than an abstract nightmare scenario.

 

An exchange of Arctic and temperate air masses in winter is actually normal - only on a much smaller scale. Normally, smaller systems shift in a southeasterly direction from the circling mass of air over the Arctic (the polar vortex), bringing winter weather to America and Europe. This time, however, the smaller systems were blocked in their push eastward (in our direction, that is) by a stable high-pressure system over Greenland and northeastern Canada. Add to that the fact that this Arctic vortex of cold air has become increasingly unstable over recent years. Apparently, what we are currently seeing fits perfectly with the Arctic Paradox, which leads to a warmer Arctic and colder winters on the continents.

 

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Man meets the Arctic - in Chicago. Due to what has come to be

known as the 'Polar Vortex,' one must now go north to get warm.

 

Added to the aforementioned high-pressure system in the east is another over the Pacific, over western Canada, that forces the jet stream up to the north and back down to the southeast into the heart of the United States - an air current that actually encourages outbreaks of cold air like the ones currently occurring in the U.S. Now, if virtually all the cold Arctic air from Canada - hindered neither by mountains nor warmed by oceans - rushes down into the U.S. and makes teeth chatter even in the normally frost-free south, then the weather phenomena mentioned above will interact with disastrous perfection.

 

Whether these weather patterns (a similar one brought Europe its last especially long winter) are really caused by the rapidly warming Arctic and the corresponding loss of ocean ice is a matter of debate. One expert compares it to a court case in which circumstantial evidence is being collected, but there is no direct physical evidence.

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Starting next Friday, the ice scare in the U.S. will likely be over and the storm delivering huge masses of snow will move out over the Atlantic. It isnt yet clear whether it will just snow on the south side of the Alps again, or comes here [mainland Europe], bringing us something resembling winter.

 

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On the other hand, after the last few years, what we can say is that climate conditions on our planet are shifting increasingly toward the extreme: floods of the century, storms of the century, heat of the century, droughts and cold of the century, have become standard protocol, with the resulting damage rising steadily as well. The argument that this is just the result of misguided construction and development policies is only a partial explanation. When half of New York is flattened by a super storm, and old areas of cities are destroyed as a result, it is not because building took place in particularly at-risk areas.

 

The fact that the climate debate has drifted slightly toward the childish, and that science has been obscured by rhetoric - is alarming and dangerous. If one must go from Tennessee to Alaska to warm up, it should be apparent that something is terribly wrong. Especially if, thanks to what have recently become regular ocean current patterns, this threatens to become the norm.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Jan. 12, 2014, 12:45am