The Return of The Polar Vortex?
It certainly has been an odd season for weather. From unseasonably cool temperatures and early season hurricanes, to tornados at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front, it has been unpredictable. Now we are getting reports that in September we are likely to get another visit from the polar vortex.
A polar vortex is a persistent, large-scale cyclone that circles either of the planet’s geographical poles. On Earth, the base of the polar vortices are located in the middle and upper troposphere and extend into the stratosphere. In the Northern Hemisphere Filaments of the lower portion of a Polar Vortex can exist at the same level as the jet stream, which leads the phenomenon to effect the middle latitudes of North America.
The intrusion of this arctic weather pattern into the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is exactly what happened in the early months of 2014. This led to staggering cold temperatures all over the mid atlantic and a virtual snowmageddon in areas that rarely see snow. This blast of cold air may be back. According to Accuweather we may experience an extension of the polar vortex as early as mid to late September of 2014 !
What can we expect?
Based on AccuWeather projections, here’s what most of the U.S. will see should the Polar Vortex strike:
* South: Rainy, wet weather.
* Deep South: Severe storms.
* East Coast: Elevated risk for tropical storms.
* New England: Stormy weather.
* Pacific Northwest: Higher risk for wildfires.
* West Coast: Drought conditions.
Get ready for a stormy September. The Vortex is coming.