Mini-Ice Age, Polar Vortex and Day After Tomorrow

So what’s up with the Polar Vortex weather conditions in America and colder weather conditions in Europe. A friend asked what is a Porlar Votex. Very cold temperatures was the answer.

According to Wikipedia a Polar Vortex is a persistent, large-scale cyclone located near either of a planet’s geographical poles. But two weeks ago most of the US was hit by cold weather that broke temperature records across the board and tomorrow , the Northeast will experience Polar Vortex 2 not as cold but cold enough. Generally, Polar Vortex stay in place.

Frozen: Arctic air from last week's Polar Vortex caused many parts of the Great Lakes to freeze over

Frozen: Arctic air from last week’s Polar Vortex caused many parts of the Great Lakes to freeze over

Some scientists are touting that we are in a global warming trend but if we follow the sun, another story is being told. Much of our weather is determined by what the sun does or does not do. Recently, our sun has been experiencing very little solar activity when it comes to solar flares and other activities (filaments eruptions and CMEs).
Some are saying that we on earth will experience a mini-ice age because of very reduced solar activity. Strange the sun is in a solar maximum when solar activity should be very robust: more flares etc.
According to Richard Harrison, a space physics , and others, when speaking of low solar activity,“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this”.
More about inactive sun and new mini-ice age:

THE Sun’s activity has plummeted to a century low, baffling scientists and possibly heralding a new mini-Ice Age.

“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, told the BBC

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“If you want to go back to see when the Sun was this inactive… you’ve got to go back about 100 years,” he said.

The lull is particularly surprising because the Sun has reached its solar maximum, the point in its 11-year cycle where activity is at its peak.

The lacklustre climax also follows a solar minimum – the period when the Sun’s activity troughs – that was longer and lower than had been anticipated.

Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at the University of Reading, told the BBC there was a significant chance that the Sun could become increasingly quiet.

He compared the current circumstances to the latter half of the 17th Century, when the sun went through an extremely quiet phase referred to as the Maunder Minimum.

That era of solar inactivity coincided with bitterly cold winters to Europe, where the Baltic Sea and London’s River Thames froze over. Conditions were so harsh that some described it as a mini-Ice Age.

Prof Lockwood says we may see a repeat if the Sun continues to dip, positing that the results would be dominantly felt in Europe due to the flow of an air current in the upper atmosphere that can drive the weather.

“It’s a very active research topic at the present time, but we do think there is a mechanism in Europe where we should expect more cold winters when solar activity is low,” he said.

In the 2004 American movie, “The Day After Tomorrow”, everyone thought the earth was entering a global warming trend but three massive size Polar Vortexes covered the planet’s surface to created a world wide ice age. Just like in the movie scientists were baffled that the Polar Vortex moved away from the poles both north and south because they rarely do but the Polar Vortex will be on the move again. Tomorrow.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/08/polar-vortex-us-deep-freeze-v-the-day-after-tomorrow-4254854/

We compare how the current Arctic blast compares to the catastrophic climatic effects seen in the Hollywood blockbuster below.

Photo comparison of “The Day After Tomorrow” and Real Life:

1. Frozen cities

The Day After Tomorrow
Realistic (Picture: File)

2. Everyone is cold

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 07:  Passengers heading into downtown wait on an "L" platform for the train to arrive in below zero temperatures on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below-zero temperatures.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Freezing commuters in Chicago, Illinois (Picture: Scott Olson/Getty)
The Day After Tomorrow
They look cold (Picture: File)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 07:  Passengers heading into downtown wait on an "L" platform for the train to arrive in below zero temperatures on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below zero temperatures.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open (Picture: Getty)
The Day After Tomorrow
Damn, no trains (Picture: File)

3. Frozen

The Chicago skyline is seen as the arctic sea smoke rises off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2014.  A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades. Meteorologists said temperatures were dangerously cold and life-threatening in some places, with 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) recorded in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The chill was set to bear down on eastern and southern states as the day wore on. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE)
The Chicago skyline is seen as the Arctic sea smoke rises off Lake Michigan (Picture: Reuters)
The Day After Tomorrow
Spooky (Picture: File)
The Chicago skyline is seen beyond the arctic sea smoke rising off Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2014. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions. Meteorologists said temperatures were dangerously cold and life-threatening in some places, with 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) recorded in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The chill was set to bear down on eastern and southern states as the day wore on.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The Chicago skyline (Picture: Reuters)
(Picture: File)
Aerial view (Picture: File)

4. Satellite images 

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6:  In this satellite handout image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the entry of a large area of low pressure, from the Polar Vortex, into the Northern U.S. January 6, 2014. The weather system is bringing dangerously cold temperatures not seen in half of the continental United States in about 20 years. It is expected to move northward back over Canada toward the end of the week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
A handout provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the entry of a large area of low pressure from the vortex (Picture: NOAA / Getty)
A Day After Tomorrow
A graphic from the film (Picture: File)

5. Ice 

Polar vortex: US deep freeze v the Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow? (Picture: Darren Hauck/Getty)
A Day After Tomorrow
Frozen (Picture: File)

More actual non-Hollywood images from the US 

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06:  Mist rises from Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of  -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Chicago hit a record low of -16°F this week (Picture: Getty)
US polar vortex: Top 10 images and videos of US deep freeze weather
Water sprayed by firefighters froze after this building caught fire in Nebraska (Picture: AP /Nati Harnik)
Polar vortex: US deep freeze v The Day After Tomorrow
A natural-colour image of fog forming over the US Great Lakes area (Picture: AFP/NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY)
US deep freeze weather: 16 dead as -50C ice vortex batters Canada and US
A deep freeze has hit the US (Picture: Getty)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of  -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Arctic circle? (Picture: Scott Olson/Getty)

 

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About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com.
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