The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

January 6, 2014

We can't wait for this arctic blast to end

ENID, Okla. — The recent weather forecast wasn’t a rerun of the 2004 disaster flick “The Day After Tomorrow.”

It was the real forecasting of a “polar vortex,” also known as an arctic cyclone or sub-polar cyclone. TV meteorlogist Al Roker called it a “polar hurricane.”

Realizing that “climate change” is a polarizing concept (excuse the pun), we can agree on one thing: We’re ready for this polar vortex nonsense to stop, bringing an end to this ridiculously bitter — and dangerous — arctic blast.

More than 140 million Americans are feeling extra frosty, according to NBC News. Frank Giannasca, senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel, described the polar vortex as a giant whirlpool of swirling air.

“This very well just may be one of those anomalies where it forces itself southward,” Giannasca told NBC News.

Meteorologist David Esptein, who knows a thing or two about cold weather in New England, explained that this arctic blast is the result of the location of upper winds blowing across the earth, according to the Boston Globe.

Thankfully, Weather Underground predicts that the plunging arctic air will be short-lived and soon return where it belongs: above Canada’s Baffin Island.

Today’s Enid forecast from the National Weather Service will warm the cockles of your heart (and, hopefully, your extremities): “Not as cool. Highs in the mid-40s.”

We can’t wait.

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