Chill Tuesday


When winter sets in, “polar vortex” becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives.

New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed. While it may seem counter-intuitive, the scientists believe these bitter cold snaps are connected to the warming of the Arctic and the effects that that warming is having on the winds of the stratospheric polar vortex, high above the Earth’s surface.

Here’s what scientists involved in the research think is happening: The evidence is clear that the Arctic has been warming faster than the rest of the planet. That warming is reducing the amount of Arctic sea ice, allowing more heat to escape from the ocean. The scientists think that the ocean energy that is being released is causing a weakening of the polar vortex winds over the Arctic, which normally keep cold air centered over the polar region. That weakening is then allowing cold polar air to slip southward more often.


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19 Responses to Chill Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    A highly depressing week so far, now Tom Petty left the planet. 😦


  2. Micki says:

    Well! That hack was an interesting, if extremely time-consuming, experience. I spent ALL day with security people. The hack came through Bill’s gmail account. I kept it active because we had subscriptions connected with this email, like TNYT etc.

    I have good reason to believe it’s connected with the Equifax incompetency (and corruption, IMO).

    At first EVERY SINGLE ONE of my archived emails disappeared — including all my correspondence pertaining to my volunteer work for community-wide events I arranged — and continuing to arrange — GONE! After hours, the technicians were able to restore my correspondence. Thank goodness!

    But my email address book is GONE! I have to go back to old emails to restore that. That will require hours and hours, since my address book is quite large since I promote the presentations and lectures I arrange through a large network of email contacts.

    My credit card company got wind of the hack (somehow) and put my credit card on lock-down (or whatever it’s called). I’ll get a new one. I don’t do any on-line banking, for which I’m grateful!

    As far as my credit rating, I couldn’t care less. We’ve always bought cars with cash. Never had a mortgage on this house. Have only one credit card. (who needs more than one anyway?)

    Nevertheless, I feel like this was a huge invasion.

    I’m kinda disgusted with humans. It’s a nutty world.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Michelle Goldman lays into The Donald in today’s TNYT.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Just 13 minutes again. Sunny out.


    • David B. Benson says:

      And return makes 25 minutes. I wouldn’t have come home yet but I forgot to turn on the outside lights for returning after the concert tonight. I’ll hang here and go back later.


      • David B. Benson says:

        Back to the Hillside Cafe for a running total of 38 minutes. Yogurt with blueberries and a granola topping.


      • David B. Benson says:

        Then some walkabout before the concert, which was most enjoyable, and now home brings the daily total to 78 minutes.

        Day 3: 73+78=151 minutes.


  5. jimhitchcock says:

    On top of this, since the Equifax debacle, I have been flooded with emails, both the sex come-on’s and two today offering to sign me up for Trying. Hoo boy.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    My college classmate freshman year in section D, and friend, Kip Thorne has been awarded a share of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

    🙂 🙂

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  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    This is Michigan for you. This morning I turned the furnace on to blow the chill out of the air. A couple hours later we had the A/C on and it’s been on all day. It got hot out there again. Weird, it’s October.


  8. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Pete came over this morning, I loaded the car with my recycling, drove 20 miles down M-52 to Chelsea and put it all in the bins at the party store outside of town. Then I went into the Yuppie hamlet to their fancy grocery store, Polly’s. I took $400 with me and only spent $47, lol. They didn’t have half the stuff I would have bought at Meijer’s. It’s a big store, lots of product but stuff I don’t usually buy. No decent sales AT all. I’ll wait to get my butter at Meijer’s.

    Once again, I did not see Jeff Daniels. For those who don’t know, which is probably two of you here, he’s an actor that’s been in about 80 movies. He lives in Chelsea, his home town. We’ve lived here for 39 years, been to Chelsea, or drove thru it, lots but never spotted him. I bet if he lived in Stockbridge I would have never spotted him either. One has to hang around in town enough for that kind of accident.


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