Polar Vortex: It’s Baaack (Or Is It?)
You say potato, I say Polar Vortex.
But whatever we call it, unusally cold air is predicted to blanket the Upper mid-West and Northeast next week, driving summer temperatures down 10 to 30 degrees below normal.
Sounds frosty, but it really means highs in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s, a welcome cool-down for many areas during the height of summer.
Some weather forecasters are calling the cold snap a polar vortex, that bitterly cold air that traveled south from the Arctic last winter, setting cold temperature records throughout the U.S.
But others say the pattern change is not polar vortex redux, but rather will result from weather patterns closer to earth.
Whatever you call it, Minneapolis is expecting temperatures in the 60s and 50s during Tuesday’s Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field.
Unfortunately for the West, summer will remain summer next week. Seattle, Wash., will suffer some of the hottest temperatures of the year, around 90. And Death Valley, Calif. will be smacked with 123 degrees on Wednesday.