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Polar Vortex explainer

Posted January 31 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

Perhaps because we're roasting through another brutal summer down here, I'm all in on the polar vortex over in the US. If you've ever wondered how it all works, the New York Times has a cool infographic thingy right here.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted January 31
Ah, the polar vortex. -2F/-19C on my front porch right now. Wind chills -25F/-32C. And that's a joke next to Minnesota or something.

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted January 31
I saw reports today that Chicago is colder than Antarctica. I can't even.

jl reckons...

Posted January 31
Yeah, I heard the same thing. This is hell.

jason is gonna tell you...

Posted February 1
Time to migrate to Australia. We don't even have the minus symbol in our weather department.

jl reckons...

Posted February 1
Believe me, I've given it thought.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted January 31
Got a mate living out Ann Arbor way and he sent me a pic of his car dashboard -23C with the words "the sun isn't even down yet". He did a 30sec dash to his car and said in that time his fingers felt like they were going to drop off. It gets cold where i live in the mountains - maybe a bit of snow a couple of times a year. But quite frankly i think he'd call my winter "shorts weather"

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted January 31
Got a mate living out Ann Arbor way and he sent me a pic of his car dashboard -23C with the words "the sun isn't even down yet". He did a 30sec dash to his car and said in that time his fingers felt like they were going to drop off. It gets cold where i live in the mountains - maybe a bit of snow a couple of times a year. But quite frankly i think he'd call my winter "shorts weather"

jl is gonna tell you...

Posted January 31
Ann Arbor is 8 hours north of me, so they are catching it. It was the weirdest thing today. The sun was shining brightly, and the thermometer dropped all day, sun or not. This morning it was 15F, by sunset it was -2F.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted January 31
Otherwise known as, "Just another fucking winter in Missouri."

jl would have you know...

Posted January 31
Ah c'mon, Murph, this is pretty cold!

Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted January 31
Meh. Not really.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted January 31
Then again, I have more snivel gear at 47 than I did at 19 in KSA.

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jl mutters...

Posted January 31
-21C here this morning. Close to a record.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted February 1
Dare I mention the arse baking heat we had here in Bondi yesterday? I dare - it was 39C until the southerly blew in and knocked it down to the early 20s. Even the ocean was 21C. As for this polar vortex....I get cold just reading about it.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted February 1
Send it to Missouri please.

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