What Is a Polar Vortex – National Weather Service Dispels Polar Vortex Rumors
It’s Google’s most searched term today, ‘polar vortex.’ So what is it, and more importantly, what is it not. The National Weather Service took to social media to dispel some rumors.
The "Polar Vortex" is not new, it ALWAYS is occurring in polar regions of earth. What is it & what is it not? See http://t.co/VlZD216r0x
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) January 6, 2014
The NWS notes that the polar vortex is always present in the upper atmosphere.
It is not new, nor does it appear on the earth’s surface like a tornado.
The Polar Vortex Joins Twitter
Note: the tweets may be NSFW
Just how viral has the Polar Vortex become? It’s joined Twitter with a parody account tweeting status updates like:
Tweets by @PolarVortex
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