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.


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 3 years ago

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

Marian A.
Marian Austin3 years ago

Cooler summers would be welcome in some areas

James R B.
James B3 years ago

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...!!

Diane Cunningham
Past Member 3 years ago

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

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

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

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

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

Borg Drone
Past Member 3 years ago


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Enrico H.
Enrico H3 years ago

Thank you.