So, why is it so dang COLD?
This infographic shows the “polar vortex,” the wind pattern that, when at full-strength, keeps freezing temperatures in the Arctic, where they belong. With climate change, the vortex is becoming weak, bringing the cold temperatures that we currently see down upon the US and Canada.
More at Scientific American: http://bit.ly/1dt36Aa
Mild here, but for the same reason the track of storms —which typically crosses the Atlantic following a path that moves from north to east— is coming down directly eastward and that’s why, for example, Germany had thunderstorms with hail, unusual for this period.
It’s the same damn story! Climate change is a complex phenomenon, it is not enough to look out the window to judge it.