A thick blast of arctic air is dropping into America’s midsection and South this week, bringing with it mid-winter temperatures.
Parts of America are experiencing their coldest November since 2000, with subzero temperatures expected in at least eight states – such as Colorado and Wyoming.
Flight cancellations, slippery roads, and snow-cover landscapes – scenes that usually play out in December and January are happening throughout the country.
The sudden chill has come courtesy of Super Typhoon Nuri in the North Pacific. Nuri is the strongest post-tropical cyclone on record, according to the National Weather Service, and it’s pulling arctic winds from Alaska and Canada and pushing it down South.
The wicked weather has left behind stranded families and disgruntled commuters.
So what exactly is this polar vortex about?
A polar vortex lives in the upper levels of the atmosphere. It’s a low pressure system, an air mass, that’s basically locked to the North Pole – and it stays there all the time.
The frequency of the winter outbreaks, these cold outbreaks, is dependent upon the weather patterns across the US.
The forecast from The Weather Channel:
-Current arctic surge: Spreads into Deep South and parts of the East now through Saturday.
-Second arctic surge: Plunges down the High Plains and Rockies starting Friday through the weekend.
-Third arctic surge: Arrives in Northern Plains, Upper Midwest Sunday, then sweeps into the Ohio Valley and East next Tuesday and Wednesday.
-Cold relief: Possible for most later next week.
It’s a different scenario here in California – the state with the largest number of Filipinos. Meteorologists say this year will go down as the hottest in the Golden State’s history. And while kababayans are not experiencing the brutal cold like the rest of the nation, here in California they have to deal with the drought.