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Polar Vortex in July? Cooler Temperatures on the Way Next Week

Temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week.

Temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week. Source: NWS
Temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week. Source: NWS

by Kara Seymour

Remember the polar vortex, that visitor that frequently made the rounds last winter?

Some forecasters say the polar vortex, the meteorological condition that brought us frigid blasts of arctic air throughout January and February, may just be redeeming itself with pleasant summer weather next week.

Because of a cool air blast from the Gulf of Alaska, temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week. 

The Weather Channel, however, is warning people to chill out with the polar vortex references. They say the reason for the cool air is not necessarily a polar vortex, a catchy phrase that is making a summer return. 

Rather, it’s a more complicated, Weather Channel forecasters explain.

Next week’s blast of cool air is “related to the circumpolar vortex in the troposphere, the lower layer of the atmosphere, which is a pattern of winds that feature a broad, irregular generally west-to-east flow around the pole, rather than a flow that's consistently centered right at the pole like the stratospheric polar vortex," according to the Weather Channel

Confused?

We are too. 

Just enjoy the weather, however it got here.

Pound Pets July 13, 2014 at 02:17 PM
You'll never hear me complain after the winter we just had..
Laura July 13, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Don't care what they call it, if it brings cooler temps and a respite from hibernation, I love it. Waiting on Winter, bring on the snow :) !!!
Fatkat July 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM
Heyyyy now.....
hcon July 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Polar vortex really? Let's demand the media and our news meteorologists use appropriate terminology for the weather.
Eagles Green July 15, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Completely wrong I say

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