Weather Wednesday – Summer Polar Vortex?

Hello and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week I’m going to ask the question, what’s all this about a summer polar vortex?
I have been reading about it on Twitter from one of the main weather people in the US on the Weather Channel and others here in Canada too. I also heard about it on mainstream radio on a rock station of all places, in Toronto Ontario.
Apparently, this rare summer polar vortex originates in northern Ontario and will affect parts of the Great Lakes and the Midwest United States. I have even heard that temperatures may dip to below 10°C or 50°F at night. I have also heard that some of the highs in parts of northern Ontario might be as low as 11°C or 52 Fahrenheit with lows around 3°C or 38 Fahrenheit. That is cold for this time of year and hopefully this doesn’t spell an early end to summerlike weather. Even the all-star baseball game in Minnesota was affected last night, when they had to take precautions because of the cool weather. Oh, the American league won the game last night, so they get home advantage for the World Series this year. Let’s hope the Toronto Blue Jays can pull it out and get into the playoffs and maybe, just maybe, get to play in the World Series once again.
In Southern Ontario we may be just brushed by it with hi’s of about 20 degrees Celsius or 68°F and lows of around 11°C or 52°F at night. Thankfully cloudy skies will keep the temperatures relatively warm compared to some areas. It is kindof like the January thaw in a way and people in the future may refer to it as the midsummer cooling. I don’t know if that phrase will make its way into our vernacular but I can try. Can’t I?
Well, that’s about it for this weeks post. If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at and I will get back to you.
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Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.


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