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It’s The Circumpolar Vortex Not The Polar Vortex And Other PR Deceptions

January 13, 2014

A good basic weather introducton

Watts Up With That?

Note: the image below is an animation, on some browsers you may have to click on it to get it to animate.

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Above: Image from Unisys showing the circumpolar vortex during the last big outbreak and decay in the CONUS. Animation by Anthony h/t to Scott Sabol Fox 8 for the source.

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball

Recently Talk Show host Conan O’Brien played a compilation of TV news people all making essentially the same comment. They were using a phrase prepared by some central PR agency, something like their subscription to a news agency like Associated Press (AP).

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