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Polar Vortex: It’s Baaack (Or Is It?)

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.

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of frugalgarden.com, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)

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6:45AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Very unseasonably cool here in Toronto--so far not a very hot summer at all as prev predicted 4 us.

1:37AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Cooler summers would be welcome in some areas

8:22PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

It really does not matter anymore how the racketeering fraud of anthropogenic climate change is discredited, the cult following has been thoroughly conditioned enough by the gangsters wanting to tax the essence of life itself, where they will come to the defense of the dogma no matter what. It does not matter if the overall average temp's throughout the planet have been cooling over the last 15 plus years, or how CO2 is a life giving gas plants breathe, or how the medieval warming period average temps were higher than today, profiteering criminals such as intellectual giants like Al Gore will continue the scam, who stated and I quote - "...temperatures inside the Earth are several million degrees...". Given the internal temp's of our Sun is millions of degrees, the Earth would unavoidably be the second star in our solar system. These statements primarily emanate from the racketeering gangsters perception the general population is not informed, and will believe most everything they are told by the icons who’ve been positioned as their “saviors.” The movie industry also plays their part, as exemplified by completely ridiculous films like "The Day After Tomorrow", emulated by the tone of this article, and various Public TV and National Geographic polemics, which behind the scenes are actually partly funded by the oil and energy companies. The hoax must be maintained, there is too much money and political power at stake...!!

8:20AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Will we finally get some rain in So. California? (If so, I'm all for it.)

11:56PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

hey, try 60 to 70 here in Minneapolis. rather nice & comfy. :) peace you all

9:21PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

This time of year a little cooler would be great, 93F here today.

4:26PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thanks

4:14PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

ty

11:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

thanks

7:32AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you.

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