With the seemingly endless parade of snow storms across the United States or north along the East coast, and the equally endless string of temperatures that can make it difficult to leave the warmth of house, car or even bed, many people have been wondering if this weather pattern is “normal”.
According to Tom Clark, Chief Meteorologist at WNEP, our February weather pattern has been one of the coldest and snowiest on record. That does not mean, however, that it is out of the ordinary for this area of the globe at this time of year.
“These kinds of winters happen and they’ll happen again,” says Tom. “It’s just one of those winters where it is colder and snowier that we are used to.”
Tom says the Polar Vortex, the circulating mass of cold air that typically hovers above the North Pole, has made for an active storm track across country and has activated the southern branch of the jet stream, bringing large systems of precipitation and cold to our region; and that, we all know, creates more snow and ice than many of us would like to see.
“The Polar Vortex is always there. Every once in a while it moves over our region, forcing the stormy weather in the south to come north,” explains Tom.
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