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New Ice Age: Fact or Fiction for Polar Vortex climate awareness

Is the US Polar Vortex melting? The Associated Press recently reported here that, “The mass of frigid air known as the Polar Vortex is expanding south and east, bringing more of the US into a deep freeze. Forecasters say up to 187 million people could feel the effects of the cold weather.”

Icey surface developed as a result of Polar Vortex
Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images

News stations across the nation are talking about the Polar Vortex. You should know Baltimore, Maryland local impacts from this great Arctic ice season include water main breaks all over the city. Local ABC Reporter Amy Aubert recently reported here, “16 Water mains break across Baltimore.”

Check out the following video here that explains the #PolarVortex in 2 minutes. According to Wikipedia, "a polar vortex also known as a polar cyclone, polar low, or a circumpolar whirl; is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet's geographical poles."

Believe it or not the newly resurfaced Winter buzz word, Polar Vortex has sparked political commentary debates over the unsettled theory of global warming. So, the question arises is global warming fact or fiction?

A statement here states that, “The White House is planning to hold a Google+ hangout on Friday January 10, 2014 to talk about ‘what we know about extreme weather events in the context of a changing climate.’ The hangout will feature climate scientists and meteorologists and will be moderated by Cristin Dorgelo and Brendan Kelly from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.”

Be sure to have all your questions answered via the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter or on Google+ during the live Hangout.

Has the U.S. has a history with Polar Vortex in the past? Find out if your city made the list of America’s coldest cities here. Five out of twenty from The Weather Channel Jon Erdman list of, "America's 20 Coldest Major Cities" are listed below.

  1. Boston's all-time record low was -18 degrees set on Feb. 9, 1934.
  2. Kansas City's all-time record low was -23 degrees set on Dec. 22 and 23, 1989.
  3. Denver's all-time record low was -29 degrees set on Jan. 9, 1875.
  4. Pittsburgh's all-time record low was -22 degrees set on Jan. 19, 1994.
  5. Colorado Spring's all-time record low was -27 degrees set on Feb. 1, 1951 and Dec. 9, 1919.
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