Polar Vortex Rant; Slow Warm Up Finally Begins

Current Official Hourly Observation (taken at :53 on the hour)

WARNING: I’ve given The Intern some latitude to rant. If uninterested and in need of just the forecast, scroll down. Thanks!

You may have heard from trusted media outlets that a “polar vortex” is to blame for all the cold weather over the past few days. And maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to have it explained to you by a Time Magazine Senior Editor, because when you need a meteorological term explained, you need to ask a Time Magazine Senior Editor. See below.

This is every meteorologist’s reaction:


Did he just say “arctic hurricane” and “potential link to global warming?” (Editor’s Note: I’m sounding the buzzer. We don’t talk climate change or global warming here).

(Editor’s Other Note: my favorite part was when asked if he was familiar with the term, he said he “was not that familiar with it” until everyone started talking about it. That is one honest dude. Anyway, back to The Intern:)

Not bashing on CBS, there were plenty of other networks that had a very similar and wrong explanation.

Let’s clear things up!

Here is a great graphic from the NWS office in New York City. The Polar Vortex actually didn’t go anywhere. It just took a shot at us.


(Editor’s Note: this is not that big a deal, but it was so upsetting to weather nerds, something had to be said about it).

Tonight  – Clear and “Warming Up” LOL   Midnight Temp 15

Wednesday – Above Freezing, Still Cold  Morning Low 11 / Afternoon High 37

Temps: 6a 11 . 9a 23 . 12p 33 . 3p 37. 6p 34 . 9p 29

Wind chill of 3 degrees at 6 am! 

The high is 37, so see y’all at the pool around 3 pm.

By the time get over freezing, we will have been at 32 or below for almost consecutive 48 hours.

Clouds will be increasing with weak winds out of the south at about 5 mph.

Thursday – Even Warmer; Slight Chance of Rain  Morning Low 24 / Afternoon High 45

6a 24 . 9a 32 . 12p 38 . 3p 44 . 6p 39 . 9p 38

Weather models predict rain arriving in the afternoon, gone by the evening. Just what we need: a cold rain.

Extended Official NWS Forecast:

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