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How Will This Week's Polar Vortex Affect Us?

By Brian McGonigle

You may have heard the term "polar vortex" a lot in the past few days. The nation is bracing for a bone-chilling arctic blast, and Eastern Massachusetts will feel the chill.

A polar vortex is a large blast of freezing cold air sent down from the North Pole. Somewhat rare, these tend to happen only once a decade, sometimes once every couple decades or so.

This polar vortex will likely be the worst we've seen in 20 years. Temperatures in the midwest are expected to drop down with wind chills of 50 degrees below zero.

It won't be that bad in around here. But we will see temperatures drop down Monday night and stay below freezing for most of the week, according to WHDH.

That will be a sharp drop from the highs in the 50s Monday to the teens on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Things will start to thaw by the end of the week.

Here are some tips, courtesy of the National Weather Service, to keep in mind during this Arctic cold.

1. Minimize outdoor activities, especially for the elderly and very young.

2. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing rather than a single layer of heavy clothing.

3. Wear a hat, mittens and waterproof boots. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

4. When using heating sources such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters, be sure to ventilate them correctly.

5. Test smoke alarms and keep carbon monoxide detectors handy.

6. Bring pets out of the cold. Don't assume they can handle the cold. If you are not warm, they are not either.

Tyler Jozefowicz January 09, 2014 at 10:35 AM
First Vinyl Sq gets 10 inches and now a week later the Polar Vortex is outside.The climate change deniers are at it again,though. War on Christmas is over, the War on Carbon begins. Global warming, just one more liberal conspiracy. Because even with a great deal of scientific data establishing climate trends, even though many of the models of global warming predict more extremes of weather — not just warming — apparently decades of peer-reviewed scientific study can be wiped out in one cold weekend. Climate change is just what the word Implies –drastic swings in hot and cold weather patterns. Where is the data you say? Scientific journals, conference papers, text books, studies, experiments, data compilation, etc . scientific method ,peer review, not comedians or right wing blogs, hate radio hosts,or Petroleum Institute paid shills, who neither have the expertise or have published on the subject.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Per that other article a few days ago, just want to warn everyone right now - Patch users should treat other Patch users with respect, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with opposing viewpoints. Tyler, warning you now, everybody else, warning you too.
Anna Bucciarelli January 10, 2014 at 06:55 AM
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