The ‘Polar Vortex’ explained in lay terms, even Donald Trump seems to understand … ummm sort of
by Eric Roston, Why Is It So Cold? The Polar Vortex, Explained
“Polar vortex” has taken an uncontested lead in the competition for buzzword of 2014. It’s brought Arctic chill to the continental United States, disrupted industries and cities, and most, curiously, turned Donald Trump into a climate realist. Sort of.This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in iceIt’s simple really… the Polar Vortex is the name given to the current disruption of the Northern Hemisphere winter Jet Stream pattern. Disruption caused by ‘global warming’ YES!
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
The Arctic is heating faster than the rest of the world, hurried along by the disappearance of polar sea ice. Bright white ice reflects energy back into space; dark blue water absorbs it. Arctic temperatures are about 2 degrees Celsius warmer there than they were in the mid-1960s. (The average temperature increase for the Earth’s atmosphere overall is about 0.7 degree C, since 1900.)The normal Jet Stream wasn’t as wiggly when there was not the temperature differential and it kept LOW COLD air up to the north of the US and more temperate air in the US (and the UK by the way). Less temperature differential means the Jet stream is slower now..and gets made it more wobbly, just as a top does as it spins down.
In other words, the temperature difference between the Arctic and North America is shrinking. That’s one factor causing wobbliness in the jet stream
Things are to go back to normal later this week. …. so
Now you know why we should use ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ e.g.. changes in temperature, winds, weather extremes, and changes to oceans, rivers, forests etc to describe current deviations from the old pre Industrial Revolution ‘average’.
OR….You can use 'what some geologists are beginning to call it, the Anthropocene, or human epoch, a departure from the Earth’s operating system—the first in almost 12,000 years'
This is very fine, and I will use it! EVERYWHERE, but I would rather they identified the true culprits and call it the KOCHocene or CHINocene, as it is fossil fuel burning that has produced it.
DO NOTE: It has so far produced NO SNOW in SOCHI… so we may get some benefit from it after all!.
UPDATE: Here is latest on US carbon pollution production..as some were discussing below Carbon Emissions In The Suburbs Dwarf Those In Cities, Says Study
Using dozens of variables, researchers found that greenhouse-gas emissions -- largely from cars, trucks and other vehicles -- in the suburbs account for about 50 percent of all household emissions in the nation, even though less than 50 percent of the population lives in these areas.