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Arctic Blast Brings Back Polar Vortex: Are We in for a 'Januvember'?

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 03:28 PM

A blast of Arctic air is expected to hit the United States next week, bringing weather that online pundits are calling Januvember, meaning January-like polar vortex cold in November.

The weather is coming thanks in part to Typhoon Nuri, which will hit the Aleutian Islands this weekend, USA Today reported.

"In brief, when a typhoon curves away from Asia, it causes the jet stream farther to the east across the Pacific and into North America to buckle days later," Brett Anderson, an AccuWeather meteorologist, told the newspaper.

Parts of the country can expect to see snow, including the northern Rockies, northern Plains, and upper Midwest.

Calling next week’s weather a "polar invasion," The Weather Channel said two-thirds of the country will be hit with unusually cold conditions.

The Weather Channel team predicted that some areas may break cool high-temp records, and said the "heart of the cold air" will be in the northern Plains and Midwest.

"In fact, high temperatures will only be in the 20s for much of the northern Plains and parts of the Midwest with lows dropping down into the teens," TWC website said. "Several locations will see single-digit lows beginning Tuesday morning, and parts of the northern High Plains and northern Rockies may see subzero lows."

Bloomberg pointed to early predictions of a high-snowfall winter linked to the record snowfall that blanketed Siberia, a theory set forth by Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Massachusetts.

"About 14.1 million square kilometers of snow blanketed Siberia at the end of October, the second most in records going back to 1967, according to Rutgers University’s Global Snow Lab," Bloomberg said.

Not all weather experts agree with Cohen’s theory, and he said it will be interesting to see what happens this winter.

So far, it looks as if the theory may have some viability, although January and February will be more telling. New England was already hit this fall with heavy snowfall, NBC News reported, with Cary, Maine, receiving 21 inches last weekend.

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A blast of Arctic air is expected to hit the United States next week, bringing weather that online pundits are calling Januvember, meaning January-like polar vortex cold in November.
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