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Thu, 9th Jan 2014

Polar Vortices

Polar vortex over America in 1985 (c) National Meteorological Center

This week, Hell literally froze over, as the small Michigan town of Hell experienced temperatures of minus 17 degrees Celsius. And Hell wasn’t alone temperatures across the United States have plummeted to record lows as cold air from the Arctic has reached much lower latitudes than is usual.

To explain how this has come about, here's your Quick Fire Science about the polar vortices

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  • Polar Vortices

    This week the Michigan town of Hell froze over - but why are temperatures plummeting across America?



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