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Invasion of the polar vortex

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Yes the polar vortex is going to do one of its little numbers and give a big chunk of the U.S. some of the coldest weather of the season to parts of the midwest, before scooting eastward towards the northeast (heads up DYB!).

the polar vortex is expected to become displaced from the Arctic Circle and plunge down to near the upper Great Lakes.

Our WCW (West Coast Widdershins) should not be affected by this.  Those of us in the south should get some cold weather but nothing earth-shattering, like, say, Chicago.

“Latest indications are that Chicago could set a record on Wednesday for the day’s lowest high temperature,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines. Temperatures have not been held below zero for an entire day in Chicago since Jan. 6, 2014.

And as I said, the northeast will get smacked also.

Temperatures along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston may struggle or fail to reach 20 during the day. Overnight lows can be in the single digits and lower teens.

So let’s take a look at some songs about cold, whether it’s cold weather, cold hearts, groups with “cold” in the name and similar instances.

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Foreigner~Cold As Ice

Annie Lennox~Cold

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong~Baby It’s Cold Outside

Queensryche~Cold

Rolling Stones~She’s So Cold

Bruce Springsteen~Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

Coldplay~Fix You

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Okay Widdershins, my choices above, please add some of your choices in the comments.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

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But many of you won’t get one. In fact, for millions of us this year, this is going to be the warmest Christmas on record. Follow this explanation if you can:

So what’s up with this year’s warm weather? Though some have pointed fingers at climate change or tropical weather event El Nino, Mike Halpert of the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center credits (or blames, depending on your point of view) the Arctic polar vortex for the high temperatures.

The polar vortexes, Halpert explained, are swirling rings of cold winds that surround the North and South Poles. Last year, high air pressure in the Arctic pushed those winds southward, away from the North Pole, causing the chilly U.S. winter many remember.

This year, the pressure is low, making the vortex stronger than usual and meaning that more cold air is staying around the Arctic, rather than traveling south.

So basically, all the cold weather is staying up north, leaving us Noo Yorkaz with a Christmas day dilemma: Will it be too warm to wear our ugly sweaters this Friday? It would be a real shame to deprive the world of looks like this:

Sooooo ugly

Or this!

Oooooh, ugly

It looks like we will have to sport our ugly Christmas shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops this year. For inspiration, I’ve got a few must-have looks for all you Widdershins. Please feel free to steal any of these, or improvise your own.

So don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to show your Christmas spirit without breaking a sweat.

This is an open thread.


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