Public Lectures

A Blast from the Past—Misinformation in your nightly weather report and the history of the Polar Vortex

Published on August 27, 2015

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Speaker:Lynn Harvey
Date:Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021
Time:7:30 p.m.
Location:LASP Space Technology Building, 1234 Innovation Dr.

Seminar Abstract:

Since it is wintertime, I wasn’t surprised to see “Get ready for the return of the polar vortex!” as a newspaper headline the other day, given forecasts for cold weather. But what is all this hype about the polar vortex and why didn’t I hear about it as a kid? Has this atmospheric phenomenon emerged as a result of climate change or in response to the movie The Day After Tomorrow? Will it rip the roof off my house like a giant tornado? In this talk I will present a history of the polar vortex, dispel any misconceptions, and summarize how the polar vortex is expected to change in a warmer climate.

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