High in the atmosphere above the North Pole, the temperatures that are preparing could soon “freeze the breath” of everyone in the northern hemisphere. The wave of cold weather that threatens North America, Europe and Asia since the end of January is of the same weather pattern as the one that occurred in 2014, known as the “polar vortex”.
Then the temperatures in Chicago dropped to minus 27 degrees Celsius, according to Bloomberg.
It is common for cold air to come from the Arctic during the winter. But the cold mostly remained around the North Pole during the 2019-2020 season.
Now, after a nearly two-year lull, winter is threatening to finally return.
– Things are being adjusted so that there will be an exciting period for winter and snow – says Todd Crawford, the leading meteorologist of IBM’s company “Weather Co”.
Forecasters do not expect the cold to be as brutal as in 2014, but winter will undoubtedly return.
Winds circling the Arctic
The cold has already reached Western Europe and China, which is why the prices of gas in Spain and liquefied natural gas in Asia have jumped.
– In Paris, the temperature is 3.5 degrees lower than normal, and in Madrid, it is 6.9 degrees colder than usual, while temperatures in Beijing dropped to a record low, so it was minus 9 degrees on Thursday – says Tyler Royce, meteorologist AccuWeather.
A vortex from seven years ago has forced customers and customers to stay warm. However, a snowstorm would also ruin the delivery services.
Technically, the polar vortex refers to the winds that orbit the Arctic and keep the cold “locked” far to the north. But with a peak temperature, known as sudden stratospheric warming, cold air can break through the “ring” and head south. Gas traders call this the “polar pig.”
Cold after all only in the USA?
This could mean cold everywhere in the northern hemisphere, although this year it will most likely remain only in the United States, says Ryan Truchel, president of the “Weather Tiger LCC”.
A wave of severe minus could taste the east coast of the USA and the Great Lakes.
That will be a big change for America when it comes to temperature. In New York, January readings show that temperatures are 5.1 degrees higher than usual, and Chicago was 7.2 degrees warmer.
However, as meteorologists themselves state, there is no guarantee that such cold weather will really happen.
“Many times in the past, the cold weather forecast turned out to be a false alarm,” says Jim Rowler, a leading meteorologist at Energy Weather.
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