Few things sound as ominous as “Impending Polar Vortex” (lets be honest – it sounds like a hocus pocus weather term made up solely to scare us into running to the nearest Target and buying out their gloves section) but since we’re finding ourselves smack dab in the middle of one, we feel it’s important to know what exactly is making those heated seat add-ons on the new car worth it.
When you say ‘polar,’ what comes to mind? If you said “North and South Poles,” you’d be correct. The Polar Vortex is a weather pattern that circulates around the North Pole keeping temperatures there pretty chilly. Sometimes, however, this weather system can distort and dip down into the surrounding continents causing that artic air to leave the pole and head into otherwise temperate climates. This means that that extremely bitterly cold arctic air is no longer where it’s supposed to be, but rather is floating on top of our state right now. Now this isn’t a strange phenomenon – it actually happens a few times a year when strong winds called jet streams distort the vortex; however, from time to time, the windsÂ keeping the polar vortex in place are weaker than the jet streams thus causing that bitter cold weather to dip even lower into surrounding land masses.
Polar Vortexes are nothing like other, more violent weather systems our area sees such as hurricanes and tornadoes, but they can still bring winter weather usually ahead of the system – which is what most of the mid-west saw this past week with a pounding of snow, ice, and sleet. Because “polar vortexes” aren’t actuallyÂ storm systems, avoiding one can be tricky, but your best bet to beat the cold is to bundle up, stay indoors, and keep that heat running.
Temptation to say a few bucks may make you feel inclined to turn the heat off while you head out to work today, but try to refrain from that! Turning off your heat allows the temperatures in your home to drop much faster than you’d expect when it’s this cold outside. Dangers can result in frozen pipes which will then lead to pipes bursting from the pressure of the frozen water – in which case, you should call this company I’ve heard good things about – Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling (hint hint).
So despite it’s scary title and the feeling that we’ve entered Ice Age 2.0 (no, no, not the movie), the Polar Vortex is nothing more than really cold and slightly inconvenient. You should stay warm and don’t forget about your furballs – if it feels cold to you, it feels cold to them. If you see any homeless people stuck in these freezing temps, contact your local government agency and they should put you in contact with homeless shelters – many of which are staying open longer during this cold snap.
Stay warm. Stay happy. Stay Healthy. Call Paul.