Polar Vortex: Global Warming To Blame For Chilly 2014 Weather In US?

Polar Vortex: Global Warming To Blame For Chilly 2014 Weather In US?

When it comes to the polar vortex, global warming is already getting the blame in 2014. But how could warmer climate change cause chilly weather in America?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the recently rescued scientists from the ship trapped in Antarctica’s thickening ice were derided as “global warming alarmists,” and even Donald Trump chimed in on the controversy.

No, a polar vortex isn’t a last minute gift sent by Santa Claus for those wishing for snowy conditions. Nor is it something that sat down on the recent Ice Bowl 2 NFL game, which had Erin Andrews talking about licking goal posts.

The polar vortex, or an arctic cyclone as they’re also known, is essentially a hurricane-like storm that hovers over the North Pole of the Earth. Like the tropical storms, the Arctic winds are moving up to 100 miles per hour around a relatively calm center. (We in Florida know this very well… minus the cold part.)

But it’s possible for a polar vortex to split into two separate storms, with the separation potentially pushing them toward Canada, Russia, and the United States. According to Dr. James Overland, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the scientific prediction that localized warming could cause the polar vortex to split and thus that’s how global warming supposedly could cause cold weather in the US.

“When the Polar Vortex — a ring of winds circling the Arctic — breaks down, this allows cold air to spill south, affecting the eastern United States and other regions. This can result in a warmer-than-average Arctic region and colder temperatures that may include severe winter weather events on the North American and European continents…. The idea is still very much in its infancy, but it’s worth looking into. If it turns out to be right, it could help to explain the frigid winters the eastern United States and Europe have experienced these past two years.”

But NOAA wrote this back in 2011, back when they were talking about higher temperatures and reduced sea ice. Since then, northern Arctic ice has increased by 29 percent from 2012 to 2013, despite some 2007 reports claiming the Arctic would be ice-free by the summer of 2013. Air temperatures were also “particularly low” according to NOAA, beating the average since 1981 with the dropping temperatures. Even the latest data shows Antarctic sea ice is more than two standard deviations above normal.

At the same time, there are other researchers who successfully predicted the 2013 Arctic sea ice extent might increase when compared to 2012. Based upon statistical methods, it’s also believed the Arctic ice will disappear completely around 2034 with the possibility of bouncing back after. Still others claim this worst case scenario may happen as soon as 2020. To the average onlooker, this probably seems rather odd since we have climate change models making contrary predictions. It could be almost be said that a theory that can predict everything predicts nothing at all, but the reason we have this difficulty is the computer models rely on the assumptions and data points entered by the researchers themselves.

Global Warming Climate Change Prediction Model