STATES CHRONICLE – Scientists and weathermen have long warned us about the record-high temperatures of this holiday season and this year’s Christmas is the warmest.
For those of you who are still having a hard time grasping the very real concept of global warming, this is the final proof. It is almost hot in the winter and there’s no snow this Christmas. It looks like ice is melting rapidly in the Arctic which may cause precipitations but given the high temperatures we’re dealing with these days, we’re probably talking about rain and not snow.
According to weather data, December has gathered around 6,000 warm temperature records already. There is warm air constantly coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Great Lakes, taking its time on the East Coast. These days registered records in states like Florida, Virginia, Tennessee or Massachusetts. In Washington D.C. the temperature reached almost 70 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, on Christmas Eve, which is 30 degrees more than the average for this time of the year. New York and Michigan are also caught up by the warm air, although temperatures are said to start dropping.
The warmest December ever happens in cities such as Portland, New York City, Boston, Vermont and others. Snow has also kept us waiting even in places where it usually comes early. For example, Buffalo has seen its first snow of this winter on December 18, while in other years the same city dealt with snow a lot earlier, beginning with October or November.
However, there are many cities which won’t even have snow this Christmas. Although drivers are definitely happy about it, the little ones will certainly be disappointed not to have Frosty the Snowman near them this year.
Of course, there is a scientific explanation for these unusual temperatures. The reason for them is the polar vortex. This vortex is a spinning of the cold air above the Arctic. When this circulation is strong, as it is now, the cold air tends to remain near the Arctic, without ‘dissipating’ towards the continents.
This means that the U.S. is not the only country affected by these high temperatures. The whole world is having a hard time choosing their daily outfit given the warm air and poor chances of snow, although rain might still be expected.
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