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“The polar vortex isn’t the rarity we make it out to be.”
Millions of Americans felt the effects of the North Pole’s polar vortex this year — but, contrary to what they may have believed, they probably weren’t feeling it for the first time. The term dates back to the 1940s, and polar vortexes are just enormous, semi-permanent, spinning gusts of cold air that hover over the poles, says Michelle L’Heureux, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. The frigid air typically stays within the vortex, but occasionally, when the jet stream shifts to the south, it can bring the cold air of the polar vortex with it, says L’Heureux. “Ultimately this is very normal behavior,” she says.
The cold weather Americans are getting this winter tends to occur approximately every five to 10 years, according to Jeffries. Yet only this year did the term become a media darling. According to Google Trends, which tracks references in news headlines, the term carried on in virtual obscurity until references shot up in January.
The spike in use — and misuse — of the phrase this year is a mystery even to many in the industry. “It’s a catchy word. I wish I’d thought of it,” says Norcross