Polar Vortex 2014: Could The United States See White ‘Christmas In July?’

A polar vortex — or something akin to one — has swept down from the Gulf of Alaska and the North Pole region, bringing unseasonably chilly weather for summer 2014 to the lower 48 states. Temperatures are expected to be considerably lower than normal, but just how low could they go? Should we dig out the sweaters and winter coats or breakout the snow shovels in anticipation of a White Christmas in July?

Of course not. That kind of thing is reserved for global climate change-inspired ‘the sky is falling’ movies like The Day After Tomorrow.

Those who lived through the year’s first polar vortex in January 2014 have no desire to see it return. Cities across the northern United States were buried in snow and frigid temperatures. It’s a good thing we aren’t seriously looking at more snow. In related reports in the Inquisitr, Detroit saw record snowfall in the winter of 2014, and the Great Lakes have only recently seen the last of the ice for the year.

Of course, some experts are hesitant to use the term polar vortex to describe the chilly weather phenomenon making its way across the United States for summer 2014. A good discussion of the technical aspects (i.e., whether it is or isn’t, in fact, a polar vortex) can be found in this excellent article in the Washington Post.

Either way, while temperatures can be expected to dip significantly across the Midwest and the East Coast, with slightly lower than normal temps reaching to the Southern United States, we won’t be seeing any blizzards — or even any snowflakes.

USA Today reports that temperatures are expected to range from 10 to 30 degrees below seasonal averages due to the polar vortex (or whatever meteorologists decide to call it). The Midwest can expect temperatures to get down into the 40s in the wee hours of the morning — much colder than typical in July, but still considerably north of what we would need to see a White Christmas in July.

Meanwhile, California and the West Coast will be left out of the excitement. In fact, some Pacific states are expected to have record high temperatures while wildfires continue to be a problem in dry-as-a-bone California.

In any case, the polar vortex isn’t expected to hang around like the one from this winter. Meteorologists generally agree that the 2014 summer polar vortex will blow in, cool things off — which, face it, isn’t such a bad thing in July — and blow back out, leaving temperatures to start rising back up to summer norms.