The Polar Vortex Is Back (Sort Of)

A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest in the Northern hemisphere that sits over the polar region during winter. In the 2014 winter, a polar vortex brought frigid temperatures to Boston.The frozen mist from Niagara Falls coated the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought high winds and frigid temperatures to the area.
–James Neiss/ AP

Remember back in January of 2014, when the weather was cold and we were sad but couldn’t cry because the tears would immediately freeze on our faces?

Well, it’s back.

Yes, the dreaded polar vortex will make its triumphant return next week, causing many to have to wear pants and possibly even a light jacket. Unseasonably cold temperatures coming from the north could causes temperatures as low as the 40s in the upper midwest. We might see a few new record lows. Break out the sweaters, Minnesota!

Whether or not this is a true polar vortex has come under some debate. The National Weather Service initially referred to the cold front as a polar vortex but has since walked back that claim. Now it appears that we should blame Typhoon Neoguri for the cold weather instead of the North Pole. But they sure do look the same:


Either way, it’s July and it’s going to be cold. Bundle up.

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