Last week, a polar vortex had spread to the Midwest. It was caused as climate change influenced Moroccan heat to spread rapidly to reach the North Pole. This caused the polar vortex to shift, causing arctic temperatures in the Midwest of the United States. The polar vortex is always shifting, but the Moroccan heat nearly engulfing it has led it to break into multiple chunks that spread far south, much more than the average shift. This is definitely
a sign of global warming, and that means that the polar vortex is going to spread around the Northern Hemisphere randomly in the near future.
The polar vortex has spread far south before, but this velocity of change has never occurred before. The polar vortex spreading currently has already broken records, and will most likely break even more in the near future. In the future, the polar vortex may spread extremely far south and possibly damage the balance of Earth’s climate forever. However, the polar vortex is currently losing power due to an unforeseen circumstance in the amount of snow in North America.
The polar vortex is being fought of by the snow drought in North America. This is helping because snow is a large factor in weather. The weather is dependent on the climate, which is why the weather is being largely affected by the polar vortex shifting currently. The snow drought will slow the effects of the polar vortex shifting, as snow is a large contributor to the cold. This is because snow will slowly build up, which in turn reflects warmth once it is built up enough, causing the temperature to plummet. It is also a contributor because when snow is being carried by strong winds, it can be broken down slightly. This can cause the humidity in the air to raise as small amounts of airborne ice or snow will not last for long. This means that a lack of snow can mean that the temperature won’t be as low as it would with snow. The snow drought may then be on our side, but the polar vortex is still raging on. This means that the polar vortex will still kill many people, and it will cause even more cases of frostbite and hypothermia.
The polar vortex has already caused thousands in damage, as infrastructure required to keep houses warm are freezing throughout the Midwest, which are starting to be taxed as it costs a large sum of money to run and operate them. However, the damage doesn’t end there. The cold has also severely damaged utility systems, electrical grids, and airline fuel lines. This means that the people stuck in the Midwest at this time have no other option besides just waiting out the cold in their homes.