I Survived the Polar Vortex Both Times

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The Polar Vortex Hits Canada and the United States

The photo shows a GOES-13 satellite image on January 2, 2014 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This view was taken with an on going blizzard. Shown going across areas of the Northeastern states and the Ohio RiverValley of the United States. The blustery cold air moved down from Canada in this Arctic air blast.

The Polar vortex has hit the United States twice this year. Living in Wisconsin, one of the Midwestern States, we are often called the frozen tundra because of our freezing cold snowy winters.

The Polar vortex is nothing new. What is new about it is that it has traveled as far from the Antarctica to Canada and the upper part of the Midwestern States and over to the North Eastern States.

Just what is this circular swirling movement of air?

This is known as many other names, polar low, polar cyclone, or a circumpolar whirl in the sky. The first Polar vortex was spotted over Maine, USA and Quebec, Canada on January 21, 1985.

The cold air mass is located near either of the earth's geographical poles. It is a cold core low pressure mass that builds strength in the winter time and weakens in the summer. The air will circulate in a counter-clockwise swirling movement. The bone chilling air is known as the Arctic front, a better name for the cold front. It builds up momentum in a cyclone type movement in the upper atmosphere. It can span no less then 620 miles wide in the Northern Hemisphere.


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Niagara Falls Canada freezes over

Polar Vortex and the Sequel T-Shirts

The only thing that comes out of this freezing cold weather is the products that are shown on different print on demand shopping sites. Since I live in the Midwest and have been experiencing this drastic polar vortex of cold air, it gave me some relief to have created a line of products in different styles. Call them souvenirs to look back on.

The t-shirts are only a small part of these products from Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle. Postcards, refrigerator magnets and bumper stickers are just some of the popular items that a person would buy to own a piece of history of this blustery cold snap during the winter of 2014

These t-shirts below are part of many other gift items of the Polar Vortex are found on Natures Fury (current Events) Gifts - Polar Vortex when you click here.

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2014 North American polar vortex NOAA map

by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
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Do you live in the Polar Vortex area? Are you a survivor? 16 comments

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Fossillady 2 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Great explanation Sandy of the polar vortex event. It really got the attention of the public this year and seems as though most people that went through it have an understanding now that it's "cold" . . . lol!


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

That is beyond cold.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

I relate very well to this Sandy. I'm in cold Minnesota and school's been cancelled three times due to the cold weather. Love your zazzle shirts.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for the compliment on my Zazzle shirts.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Interesting article. Are these T-shirts yours?


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I think I will remember this winter for a long time! Brrrr!

I thought that the Niagara Falls must have been frozen with these temperatures! I should have gone there to take some interesting pictures! Enjoy your weekend!


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

You did good. It did get much colder here than we usually get. If I understand correctly I don't live in the polar vortex area.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

We did break weather records.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Interesting hub with lots of information!

Its always exciting to know, what's happening on the other side of the planet.

Thanks!


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

ChitrangadaSharan That is the wonderful thing about the internet.


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bgamall 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Lol, Sandy, I survived it too. Seriously, I don't know how people survive that weather. Las Vegas had one of the best and mildest winters on record. It was sweet. :) But I do think northern people are different. It was 20 degrees in Reno a few years ago, when I lived there, and a kid was walking around in shorts and a tank top. I decided that his ability to adapt to the cold was way different than mine, as I was raised in a climate similar to Las Vegas.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Brr--you guys were really cold! Amazingly so! Hope your spring has sprung!


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

bgamall I don't know about different...


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

AudreyHowitt It is the middle of April we had snow this week. Hopefully the remainder will be nice.


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bgamall 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

As we get older, Sandy, I think the cold would impact us more. So, if you aren't that different maybe someday you could move to a warm climate.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Gary, maybe someday.

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