New York Times Blames The Polar Vortex On Global Warming And Melting Arctic Ice

In 2006, the New York Times announced the “endless summer.”

With Warmer Weather, Different Decisions to Make – The New York Times

That didn’t work out very well for them, so now they are blaming the cold and snow on global warming and shrinking Arctic ice.

Some researchers, including Dr. Francis and Dr. Cohen, say they suspect that the more frequent polar vortex breakdowns can be tied to climate change.

the Arctic is warming at a rate twice as fast as the world average. That warming has led to historically low levels of sea ice in the region. The melting sea ice, particularly in an area near the Barents and Kara Seas off Siberia, may be linked to the changes in the polar vortex.

Brace for the Polar Vortex: It May Be Visiting More Often – The New York Times

Forty years ago, they blamed the polar vortex on global cooling, and increasing Arctic ice.

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30‐Year Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere


A gradual increase in area of the northern circumpolar vortex, the massive flow of frigid air around the Arctic, has been recorded by Drs. Angell and Korshover. In 1976 its southern’ extent was the greatest in 10 years and last winter it was 1 percent larger than in any previous winter observed.

Snow and ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere have varied greatly but there has been a net increase according to a satellite photograph analysis by Dr George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont‐Doherty Geological Observatory. This has been most marked in the spring when so highly reflective a cover returns much solar energy into space at a time of intense solar radiation.

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30‐Year Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere – The New York Times

The Polar Vortex used to be evidence that a new ice age is setting in.  Now it is evidence that the Earth is burning up.

Another Ice Age?

Time Magazine   Monday, Jun 24, 1974

Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex

TIME Magazine Archive Article — Another Ice Age? — Jun. 24, 1974

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17 Responses to New York Times Blames The Polar Vortex On Global Warming And Melting Arctic Ice

  1. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Severe winter storm slams Quebec, Ontario. Posted: Jan 20, 2019
    Authorities warn drivers to avoid non-essential travel as Montreal airport cancels flights Sunday. It’s snowing. It’s blowing. And it’s very, very cold.
    From eastern Ontario to the Maritimes, Environment Canada is warning of winter storm conditions that include snowfall, strong wind, extensive blowing snow and extreme cold. This “snow, cold and wind” combination rarely occurs in Quebec, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Alexandre Parent. Usually, he said, the temperature rises during snow storms.
    He has analyzed data going back decades for southern and central Quebec and “I cannot find a similar storm.”
    In 1920, he said there was a storm with similar characteristics that dropped about 30 centimetres of snow with temperatures falling to –19 C.
    In Quebec City, the temperature hovered around –17 C Sunday afternoon and it was –18 C in Montreal with snow accumulation expected to reach 15 to 25 centimetres in both regions. But Quebec is not alone.
    Toronto residents were digging out from under nine centimetres of snow Sunday morning, expecting temperatures of –24 C by the evening. Wind chill values could feel as low as –38 overnight there.
    In eastern Ontario, temperatures will only rise slightly to a high of –16 C, with winds gusting up to 40 km/h and another seven to 12 centimetres expected to fall by Monday morning. Northern New Brunswick is bracing for 30 to 50 centimetres of snow expected with snow changing to ice pellets and freezing rain in the afteroon or evening.
    Storm pummels Quebec. The storm may drop as much as 30 centimetres in the Beauce region and more than 50 in the Gaspé area.
    There will be a risk of frostbite during the day and into the night Sunday with wind chill values hovering between –25 and –32.
    In other parts of the province, such as Saguenay and Abitibi, wind chill values may drop as low as –50.

    Reader’s comment: Wind chill values may drop as low as -50. That was the real world. And now for the Canadian government subsidised lunatic asylum:
    We will provide national leadership and join with the provinces and territories to take action on climate change, put a price on carbon, and reduce carbon pollution.
    Climate change is an immediate and significant threat to our communities and our economy.
    In the good old days such idiotic madmen were put in psychiatric hospitals, but nowadays they are made prime-ministers.

  2. Cannon Cocker says:


  3. rah says:

    It’s the dreaded “polar vortex” again. Never mind that Joe Bastardi was forecasting the Arctic air to camp out over us this winter months ago. The models just caught up with weatherbell last week and two weeks ago were still showing warmer than normal conditions for the Eastern US for this period. Pathetic.

    I just made a little trip to the store and I’m glad I did. What a wonder God has brought. The fields with ice covered growth backed by trees covered in ice with the afternoon sun shinning on them. Like looking at things covered in diamonds.

  4. rah says:

    Do you have clear skies? Tonight is the total lunar eclipse of a “super moon”. Blood red to turn to pink and then the real deal begins.

  5. spike55 says:

    So, was the wobbly jet stream in the late 1970s also caused by Global Warming And Melting Arctic Ice??

  6. Nutation_discombobulation says:

    I came across this post today, I don’t know if it has been posted here before, but I remember some twit came on her and called all the baby boomers a bunch of selfish wasteful polluters who have ruined the earth for succeeding generations, well I think most of us who drew our first breaths in the 40s and 50s will identify with some of this. Author unknown

    Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags,
    because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
    The woman apologized to the young girl & then sighed, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
    The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. You folk didn’t do enough to save our environment for future generations.”
    The older lady said
    “Ahh yes you’re right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.”

    She sighed then continued:

    Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops.
    The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over,
    thus REALLY were recycled.
    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

    Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things.
    Most memorable was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property
    (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on
    their brown paper bag/covers.
    But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

    I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store or office building,
    walked to the grocery store & didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200 yards.
    But she was right.
    We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

    Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line,
    not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 240 volts. Wind & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our days.
    Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. . . .
    But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

    Back then we had one radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
    (remember them?),not a screen the size of a football pitch. When cooking we blended & stirred by hand coz we didn’t have electric machines to do
    everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send by post, we used layers of old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic
    bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
    We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity., , , ,
    But she’s right;
    We didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    We drank from a tap or fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
    We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, & we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
    because the blade got dull….
    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    Back then, people took the bus & kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s expensive
    car or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing”..
    Oh and we had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest leisure park.

    But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then? . . .
    I am just another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart ass young person. .. …
    We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off…
    Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much…

  7. Gamecock says:

    Arctic air coming south in the winter is new?

    If you call it “polar vortex” and put some lipstick on it, you might scare some people.

  8. just a thought says:

    Interesting article by Kendra Pierre-Lewis. Well, not so much the article, but the notice at the bottom of it. “Want climate news in you inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd.”

    I need to leave myself a reminder to email her to let her know that “Fwd” is not how we spell “Fraud.” She must be using one of those smart phones that corrects what it thinks are errors?

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