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30 November 2016
The Warm November May Be Setting Us Up For a Cold Winter
The Arctic Sea ice continues to run at record lows, and this has potentially large implications on the winter ahead. Instead of white ice reflecting what little sunlight is available north of 60 degrees, we have ocean water rapidly losing its heat into the atmosphere of the High Arctic. The ice that’s usually there now acts as an insulator to hold in the heat, but not this year! How all …
24 November 2016
What’s Happening in the Arctic is Astonishing
I’ve been busy with the GOES-R launch, but am also following the incredible situation in the High Arctic, where Arctic Sea ice continues to run at record low levels. More like falling of a cliff actually, and the only word I can come up with is astonishing! There is a real temperature dipole showing up between the warm Arctic and the very cold areas of Russia/Asia where the snowfall was …
8 November 2014
Note to National Media- Stop Using the Term Polar Vortex!
In spite of valiant attempts by my fellow broadcast meteorologists to stop it, the so-called polar vortex is back and being blamed for just about everything again. Let me show you why this is dead wrong, and if you see a story in mass media blaming a cold air outbreak on the polar vortex, I can say categorically that it’s wrong. DEAD WRONG. There IS such a thing as a polar …
11 July 2014
#Not The Polar Vortex
That message is going around twitter this Friday afternoon, courtesy of many meteorologists. My friend Stu Ostro at The Weather Channel posted a nice graphic about it that is worth sharing!
14 January 2014
The Polar Vortex Gets Its 15 Minutes of Fame
I was asked by the AGU to do a post about the Polar Vortex for the AGU Blog THE BRIDGE. You can read it by clicking on the image below: and then you should read Bob Henson’s piece from the NCAR AtmosNews Journal