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Thu. Apr 25th, 2019

‘Thermal Whiplash’ Up Next for Midwest, East Coast

Meteorologists are predicting that the polar vortex gripping much of the U.S. will give way to rapid warming and ‘thermal whiplash.’

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Meteorologists are predicting that the polar vortex gripping much of the U.S. will give way to rapid warming and ‘thermal whiplash.’

At least 12 people have died in the harsh conditions brought on by a heat wave at the North Pole which displaced frigid air cold enough to induce frostbite nearly immediately.

Thanks to climate change, the North Pole experienced a rapid temperature increase, called ‘sudden stratospheric warming,’ of nearly 125 degrees due to air moving up from the south; that rapid warming is what sent all the cold air rushing down through Canada and into the Lower 48.

Normally, when the polar vortex is disrupted, the cold air is funneled into Russia and Siberia. But as disruptions have become more numerous, they’ve begun shifting into North America and Europe.

While there is an end in sight for this deep chill, it could be up to eight weeks before the polar vortex is able to dissipate.

And science says that there will be more polar vortexes to come.

The worst of it is that while the cold air is displaced from the pole, dangerously warm air currents are able to reach the Arctic, Alaska, Greenland, and Canada, speeding up the already rapid rate of glacial melt in those regions.

While the president claims that the bone-chilling cold in the country is evidence against climate change, and even went so far as to ask “global warming” to “come back,” the reality is that more frequent and severe polar vortexes like this could very easily be just another symptom of widespread climate collapse.

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